Star all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed his pain at missing England's Ashes campaign after being sidelined over an alleged fight outside a nightclub.
The incident meant he was unable to join his teammates in Australia, but the 26-year-old hit form Wednesday with a player-of-the-match display in England's second ODI against New Zealand.
"It was very satisfying for me. I was quite emotional walking off there at the end," he said after his teammates gave him a standing ovation at the end of the match in Mount Maunganui.
"Even walking on the field the first time and walking off made me understand how much of a privilege it is to represent your country."
Stokes joined England in New Zealand this month after pleading not guilty in a British court to a charge of affray. The case is ongoing.
"It was obviously frustrating to watch the Ashes," he said. "I went through all the emotions as I would have done playing but there's not a lot I can change about that now.”