Ben Stokes once again struggles to make Canterbury impact

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Ben Stokes is in line to make his England return next month after he and Alex Hales were provisionally selected for the one-day worldwide series against Australia. But he has been named in the 16-man squad for the ODI series starting next month after selectors were given "clear guidance to name their strongest squad".

Stokes, now playing for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand, and Hales have not been in action for England since September 24 after they were declared unavailable for worldwide selection until further notice.

While Hales has been now been told that he will not face charges and has, as a outcome, been cleared for global selection by the ECB, Stokes is still waiting to hear whether he will be charged and remains unavailable for selection.

The five-match Ashes series continues in Perth from December 14.

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan is pleased to see Stokes back on the field: "He is getting cricket under his belt which is good as there is only so much you can get indoors, banging bowling-machine balls".

"I've got absolutely no idea".

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On Stokes' possible comeback, England coach Trevor Bayliss asserted, "I am sure there will be a lot of scrutiny".

"Look, we have discussed what will happen when Ben returns, but whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus for sure".

However his inclusion in the ODI series still remains subject to any legal or disciplinary developments in relation to Stokes' late night incident in Bristol. Whether it's any more of a circus than we've already seen on this tour is hard to say.

"We've got to take a decision but I think the best way is to go with the two guys who have taken over".

After making just two runs and had figures of 0-49 off nine overs in a defeat to Otago, he got off to a promising start in his second match.

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