Ben Stokes playing for Canterbury (Image courtesy: Getty)
Ben Stokes playing for Canterbury (Image courtesy: Getty)

Ben Stokes 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.

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.

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.

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 Fairfax media that Stokes exit had nothing to do with the legal situation .

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.

The Ashes defeat should hurt Ben Stokes most, opines Michael Vaughan
The Ashes defeat should hurt Ben Stokes most, opines Michael Vaughan

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.

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.