Stokes is likely to open the bowling for Canterbury in the limited overs match and revealed there were some familiar faces among his new team, with several players having spent time with his UK County team Durham, helping him ease in to the new surroundings.
Stokes has been named in a 16-man squad for the five-match series that runs from January 14-28. For him to play, the European Central Bank learn from the Crown Prosecution Service about whether he is charged, at which point the governing body's board will meet to discuss if he is available. "Still waiting for the police report", coach Trevor Bayliss said, highlighting the vast uncertainty over the star's availability. We won't know it actually until it comes along. We have got to adjust to that at some stage.
"Ben is obviously getting cricket under his belt which is a really good decision", said Morgan.
"Whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus. If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin".
But, after Jason Roy returned to the ODI side in fine style and Jonny Bairstow all but cemented his place as an opening batsman during the series against West Indies, it has left no obvious place available for Hales' return. But then it would upset someone else.
"We've got to take a decision but I think the best way is to go with the two guys who have taken over".
While he has been cleared for selection based on the knowledge that charges won't be pressed against him, Hales may still face action from ECB's CDC.
Match-winning all-rounder Stokes is not now part of England's ongoing Ashes Test tour as he waits to discover if he will be charged after his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm during a late-night fracas in Bristol on September 25.
Led by skipper Eoin Morgan, the squad also comprises injury-prone pacer Mark Wood.