Stokes heads to New Zealand for 'private trip'

Ben Stokes will not be joining the England squad in Australia
Ben Stokes will not be joining the England squad in Australia
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed on Tuesday that all-rounder Ben Stokes will head for a 'private trip' to New Zealand to spend time with his family.

A statement released by the ECB also denied speculation that the Durham all-rounder will join the England squad in the Ashes series following their 10-wicket defeat to Australia in Brisbane.

The 26-year-old has been enduring tough time ever since the news of his involvement in a Bristol incident broke out and has been under police investigation since then.

As a result, he was left out of the England squad that headed to Australia for the five-match Test series with James Anderson taking his vice-captaincy role.

"The ECB is aware that Ben Stokes is making a private trip to New Zealand to spend time with his family. His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the ECB,” an ECB statement read.

"He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set up."

Stokes moved to England with his parents as a 12-year-old after his New Zealand rugby league international father, Ged, took up a coaching job in Cumbria.

Meanwhile, director of cricket Andrew Strauss stated that the board is waiting for the outcome of the police investigation before a decision is taken on his inclusion in the England squad.

“Until that happens, nothing has changed. We’re in the same situation as we have been for quite a long time now,” he told the English media.

“There are certain procedural things that have taken place but there is a process that can only kick in once we’ve heard a charging decision from the police.”

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