The England coach said Stokes’ return was a timely boost to England’s chances during the upcoming tour of New Zealand after a difficult winter Down Under.
But he warned the all-rounder’s participation in the ODI series which starts in 10 days is by no means guaranteed until he has proved the time off has not blunted his skills.
“He hasn’t played for a while and we have got to get him back up to speed,” said Bayliss.
“And at this stage I’d have to say it was unlikely [he’ll play in the first ODI]. We’ll have to wait and see how he is with Travel and practice.”
England play New Zealand in their remaining Tri-Series T20 in Hamilton on Sunday holding just an outside chance of reaching the final.
They need Australia to beat the Kiwis on Friday and then inflict a heavy enough defeat to pip their hosts on run rate and sneak into the final.
Bayliss ruled out Stokes playing any part in the Tri-Series but with his immediate future looking clear of further court commitments, the England player will be targeting playing a full role in the ODI series against New Zealand.
Bayliss conceded England missed Stokes during his suspension from international duty following his arrest and subsequent charge of affray.
“We’ve been down to five bowlers, especially in the one-dayers and T20s,” he said.
“We’ve been able to have six bowlers before, which gives the captain plenty of different options. That’s what we’ve missed the most apart from his individual performances.”
England play New Zealand in five ODIs between February 25 and March 9 before a two-Test series against the Black Caps from March 22 to April 3.
Source : EXPRESS