[caption id="attachment_672547" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ben-stokes.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-672547" alt="Ben Stokes playing for Canterbury (Image courtesy: Getty)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ben-stokes.jpg" width="628" height="355" /></a> Ben Stokes playing for Canterbury (Image courtesy: Getty)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/ben-stokes" target="_blank">Ben Stokes</a> has ended his New Zealand stint with Canterbury and is returning to England for family reasons . Stokes has playing for Canterbury, his province of birth, for the past month as his dreams of playing in The Ashes were put on hold pending the Bristol street-brawl inquiry. Stokes has been named in England s ODI squad and is expected to be in Australia for the limited-overs leg. However, that too depends on the legal situation. <p></p> <p></p>In a brief statement, Canterbury Cricket chief executive Jez Curwin said Stokes was leaving for "family reasons", with his wife and young family back in England. <p></p> <p></p> Ben has been great around the club, the team and the staff. We can t fault his attitude or his all-round contribution in his time with us and we are sorry that he couldn t stay with us for longer, Curwin said. <p></p> <p></p>Stokes, 26, has been banned from international cricket as police investigate his role in the fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September. However, Curwin confirmed <i>Fairfax media</i> that Stokes exit had nothing to do with the legal situation . <p></p> <p></p> Christmas time, he s a long way from home and he s been through a lot. And the reality is he wants to spend Christmas with his wife and two kids, who miss him a huge amount, Curwin added. <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/the-ashes-defeat-should-hurt-ben-stokes-most-opines-michael-vaughan-671263"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p>Stokes expressed his gratitude towards the club. The statement quotes him: I have thoroughly enjoyed training and playing with Canterbury. Everyone here has gone out of their way to make me feel at home. It s a wonderful club and I couldn t have asked for any more from my time here. <p></p> <p></p>Earlier this week, Michael Vaughan said that Stokes should be hurting the most after England conceded the Ashes at Perth. The English side missed their premier all-rounder as Australians walloped them 3-0 in the ongoing Ashes Down Under.