"A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and was later released under investigation. Three other men, aged 26, 27 and 28, have all voluntarily attended police stations for interview. "We have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service and are now seeking charging advice." The fiery all-rounder was tight-lipped after touching down in Christchurch, where he hopes to play first-class cricket for Canterbury in New Zealand's domestic one-day competition. His stint with the New Zealand side is widely seen as an attempt to stay match-fit if Stokes receives the call to travel to Australia and bolster an England side reeling from a 10-wicket defeat in the first Ashes Test match.
The more England talk of missing Ben Stokes, the lesser their chances of winning the Ashes.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) November 29, 2017
Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported that England had contingency plans to fast-track Stokes back into the Ashes squad within 48 hours if police decide not to charge him over the fracas. That could see him play in the third Test in Perth starting December 14. Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England as a child when his father Gerard, a former rugby league international, took a coaching role. Both his parents have since moved back to Christchurch.
There was a big crowd waiting to meet Ben Stokes when he landed in New Zealand.He wasn't giving anything away. pic.twitter.com/9wQVv2xFfW — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 29, 2017
The ECB has emphasised that Stokes is on a private trip that had not been set up by the organisation.
"Just looking forward to seeing mum and dad."Ben Stokes has arrived in New Zealand, but he refused to comment on his future.https://t.co/JZJLhkJnJ0 pic.twitter.com/kGd1vHAuaR — BBC Sport (@BBCSport) November 29, 2017