Stokes struggles with bat and ball in Canterbury debut

Hales has been cleared by police of any charges relating to the brawl in Bristol

Hales was also involved in the street brawl that went down in Bristol along with England all-rounder Ben Stokes who was removed from the Ashes squad.

The 26-year-old has maintained he was in New Zealand on a family visit and just wanted to "do well, and contribute to Canterbury winning".

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said he can not play for England while he waits to discover if he will be charged by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

However, on 2, Stokes attempted to play across the line to Otago's left-arm spinner Anaru Kitchen, and was bowled leg stump to leave his team in even deeper strife at 8 for 3.

Stokes played a NZ domestic one-dayer for Canterbury and is expected to feature in another game for them in Auckland tomorrow. "There's no injury problems at all there".

Anderson spoke earlier this week about the possibility of becoming vice-captain, confirming he would not rule himself out if asked but adding too that he does not see the role as a critical one - with so many experienced players on hand to help Root. "It's to be expected that he's a little rusty but he'll benefit from the run".

Durham's Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident on 25 September in which a man suffered a fractured eye socket.

On Stokes' clearance, England stood firm on their decision to wait until the police investigation concludes.

Both Hales and Stokes were not considered for selection for the Ashes in Australia, but the former is now free to play in upcoming contests.

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