Stokes 'not Australia-bound' after picture suggests Ashes call

Stokes 'not Australia-bound' after picture suggests Ashes call

The prodigious all-rounder is now suspended pending a police investigation into an alleged assault which saw him dropped from the national squad for The Ashes series against Australia.

Initial reports suggested the all-rounder may be heading to Adelaide to join the England squad ahead of the second test against Australia starting Saturday, but that was quickly quashed by the England Cricket Board (ECB).

Canterbury earlier confirmed they have had informal talks with Stokes' representatives, but no direct contact with the player himself.

Local cricket authorities say they're open-minded about New Zealand-born England star Ben Stokes turning out for Canterbury province while under suspension for the Ashes series in Australia.

"I'll be sat at home watching and following the lads in the hope they do really well", Stokes said in a video.

Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jeremy Curwin believes Stokes' flight will arrive in Christchurch today.

New Zealand Cricket spokesman Richard Boock said his organization "has yet to receive a formal request regarding Ben Stokes". "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank".

The Durham player is still suspended from playing by the European Central Bank pending a police investigation after he was involved in a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol in September.

The England ace remains under investigation after a brawl in Bristol in September.

However, it is understood that after being arrested and then released "under investigation", Stokes is free to travel and leave the country.

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

If he's playing cricket, why can't he just play for England?