"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.
Ben Stokes is not flying out to join up with the England #ashes squad in Australia, says the ECB.More: https://t.co/vJHpzY2rCC pic.twitter.com/ScNUuF5Yiq — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 27, 2017
England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss said on Sunday the ECB were still awaiting a police decision on whether Stokes would be charged over the Bristol incident. "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."
Ben Stokes is heading to New Zealand where he could play for Canterbury as early as sunday.England say they won't object. However no change in England's position in terms of his selection for international cricket. pic.twitter.com/vUMA9FUkn0 — Test Match Special (@bbctms) November 28, 2017