Head trainer Trevor Bayliss has undoubtedly Ben Stokes will be welcomed back “with open arms” through the England squad when he returns subsequent month.
Stokes has been absent from the world set-up since a late-night incident in Bristol final September however, following his rate for affray, the England and Wales Cricket board have made up our minds he’s as soon as once more to be had for variety.
He will hyperlink up with the aspect for the New Zealand leg of the drawing close Twenty20 tri-series, skipping the early suits in Australia, to finish a five-month hiatus. England misplaced the Ashes Four-Zero whilst Stokes watched from afar and are recently looking for revenge within the one-day collection, however Bayliss does now not be expecting any awkwardness or resentment when the 26-year-old returns to the squad.
“I’m happy he’s been made available, the players and coaches are looking forward to seeing him,” mentioned Bayliss. “He’s a highly regarded member of the workforce and the squad. I’m certain they’ll welcome him back with open arms.
“We’re fully aware of why he wasn’t available, that’s fair enough … it’s just the way it was. We knew he wasn’t going to be available. We set about competing in that Ashes series knowing we didn’t have him. That’s resigned to history now and we’re looking forward.”
Bayliss defined the verdict to not draft Stokes for the beginning of the T20 collection in Australia, denying it was once right down to the higher media circus he would possibly face there.
Instead, he indicated it was once purely a carrying choice referring to his fit sharpness. He additionally advised a preparatory stint in home cricket was once within the offing however it’s understood Canterbury – for whom Stokes represented for a month all over his suspension – have now not had any touch with the participant or his representatives.
“Hopefully we can get him some cricket somewhere as part of his practice going into the New Zealand leg. That’ll be up to him,” he mentioned.
“It’s all about efficiency. We need him to be up and working and in a position to move. I feel there’s a couple of criminal issues to get thru within the subsequent week or so, 10 days, however then it’s about being ready to play. We can’t get him to come back in and carry out in a world fit instantly, so it’s about getting him in a position.
“He’s raring to go. He’s a cricketer first and foremost and he just wants to be out on the field playing.”
The 55-year-old additionally declared himself content material with the verdict making at board stage.
There has been grievance of a procedure that noticed Stokes banned from accountability whilst underneath investigation however cleared to play after being charged, however Bayliss mentioned: “It’s a board choice. They’ve saved me up to the moment just about with what’s been occurring. I’m glad with the verdict that’s been made and completely perceive why it’s been made, so do the avid gamers and Ben himself.
“It’s a fairly complex situation, one that hasn’t been easy to work through, but we’re coming out the other end of it and hopefully we can get on with the cricket.”