Ashes exile Stokes fails in rusty return for Canterbury

WELLINGTON – Suspended England star Ben Stokes gave a rusty performance on his highly anticipated return to cricket Sunday in a provincial one-day match in New Zealand, his country of birth. Amid speculation the all-rounder was using the match as a tune-up in case he earns a dramatic Ashes call-up, he looked in need of time in the middle when he turned out for Canterbury against Otago. However, he is expected to play again for Canterbury in three days as he looks to work himself back into form.

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