Ben Stokes will link up with the England squad in New Zealand but is not in contention to play in the ongoing Twenty20 series.

Stokes set to join England in New Zealand

Stokes set to join England in New Zealand

The 26-year-old appeared at Bristol Magistrates Court on Tuesday on a charge of affray, with the first hearing at his trial scheduled for Monday, March 12.

However, the Durham all-rounder does not have to attend that one and so is now free to re-start his international career with the Three Lions.

He has not played for his country since last summer and missed both the Ashes and subsequent ODI series, but it was thought he might feature in the triangular 20-over contests with Australia and New Zealand.

However, the ECB have issued a statement that Stokes 'is not currently being considered' for the T20 leg of the tour.

England then play five one-day internationals and two Tests against New Zealand and it seems likely that Joe Root will have his talisman back in the ranks for the five-day contests against the Black Caps.