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Ben Stokes returns to England side for ODI against New Zealand

Ben Stokes last played for England five months ago.

Ben Stokes’ long-awaited England return was confirmed when he was named in Eoin Morgan’s team at the toss for the first one-day international against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Stokes has been unavailable for his country for the past five months since he was arrested after a late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

He was cleared to return only after pleading not guilty to a charge of affray at Bristol Magistrates Court this month.

The match-winning all-rounder’s comeback in Sunday’s series opener forced England into a change at the top of the order, with Alex Hales dropped – while Mark Wood was also missing because of a minor recurrence of his ankle trouble, and David Willey therefore came in to complete the seam contingent.

New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first on a used pitch, under sunny skies for the day-night fixture.

Like England, the hosts picked two spinners – Ish Sodhi accompanying Mitch Santner.

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