England's Ben Stokes.
LONDON - England included all-rounder Ben Stokes in their squad for the five-match one-day international series against New Zealand starting later this month.
Stokes is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates&39; Court on Feb. 13 to answer a charge of affray following an incident outside a nightclub in September.
England are scheduled to play New Zealand in a Twenty20 international in Wellington on the same day.
BREAKING: Ben Stokes named in @englandcricket 15-man ODI squad to face New Zealand in February and March. Series starts on February 25 with Stokes due in Bristol Magistrates Court on February 13 to face charges of affray. SSN pic.twitter.com/aCUV9K5zwZ— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) February 1, 2018
Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident in Bristol, was cleared for selection by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last month.
Fast bowler Jake Ball has been dropped from the squad along with batsman Dawid Malan who was called in as cover for Stokes during last month&39;s 4-1 one-day series victory over Australia.
"Our ODI side has made excellent progress over the last three years and it&39;s encouraging to see with the 2019 World Cup on the horizon," chairman of selectors James Whitaker said in an ECB statement.
The first match in the one-day series against New Zealand is in Hamilton on Feb. 25.
England squad - Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
England include @benstokes38 in NZ ODI Squad. Subject to court obligations.— Test Match Special (@bbctms) February 1, 2018
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