Stokes leads England to victory in New Zealand

Stokes leads England to victory in New Zealand

Ben Stokes shook off any rust with his 11th ODI half century as he guided England to a six-wicket win over New Zealand in the second game of their five-match series

Stokes only made his return to international cricket in the first match in Hamilton on Sunday after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September led to him being charged with affray and being stood down by selectors.

He entered a plea of not guilty on Feb. 13.

The 26-year-old scored 63 not out and combined with captain Eoin Morgan (62) in an 88-run partnership as the visitors cantered to 225 for four in 37.5 overs to level the series at 1-1. Jos Buttler finished 36 not out.

Stokes also claimed two wickets and was responsible for one of New Zealand's four runouts as the hosts were bowled out for 223 with two balls remaining.

The total, however, was never enough for the powerful England batting lineup even if Jason Roy and Joe Root both failed to get into double figures.

Morgan, who was dropped on 27 by wicketkeeper Tom Latham and then Henry Nicholls at midwicket on 40, brought up his 35th half century before he hit a return catch to Colin Munro.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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