England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that he is hoping that Ben Stokes will be available for England next game against West Indies in January after his disciplinary hearing early next month.
England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that he is hoping that Ben Stokes will be available for England next game against West Indies in January after his disciplinary hearing early next month.

England coach Trevor Bayliss has said that he is hoping that Ben Stokes will be available for England next game against West Indies in January next year after his disciplinary hearing  early next month.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had charged the pair with bringing the game into disrepute following the September 2017 incident in Bristol and Stokes, with England limited-overs opener Alex Hales could face any of a range of penalties from a warning to the termination of their contracts

“I hope he (Stokes) is available for our next game. I think he’s learnt a lesson since that time. The way he’s conducted himself since he’s come back into the fold has been exemplary,” Bayliss told reporters as reported by Reuters. “The hearing coming up hasn’t affected him, I haven’t heard it mentioned once around the changing room.”

Stokes played a key role in England’s 3-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka scoring 187 in three matches and picking up five wickets at 20.40 – best among England bowlers.

“You can throw the ball to him, you can put him in any situation with the bat, you can put him where the ball is coming in the field. For me, he’s the first picked,” Bayliss added.

“His averages may not be the greatest in each of his positions, but you add those three disciplines together, it adds up to one hell of a player.”