Stokes remains suspended from global duty but Hales is free for selection after confirmation he is deemed a witness not a suspect regarding the incident in Bristol on September 25th.
Batting first at the Mainpower Oval in Rangiora, one of the more sleepy venues that Stokes has ever encountered during his career, he arrived at the crease with his side already in trouble at 5 for 2 in the third over.
Alex Hales is set to make his return to cricket later this month, in the inaugural T10 Cricket League in Dubai, after it was confirmed that he is no longer a suspect in relation to the incident in Bristol in September that led to the arrest of his team-mate, Ben Stokes.
"I think if anything he tried too hard".
Although Otago collapsed from 175-0 to 198-7, they won with 15 balls to spare.
England cricketer Alex Hales is expected to be included in the one-day squad. Tim Ireland
Stokes, who broke a finger in the incident, was released under investigation.
Stokes is waiting to discover whether he will be charged after Avon & Somerset police handed his case over to the Crown Prosecution Service last week, with the timing of his cricket disciplinary hearing - and any lifting of his suspension - dependent on the outcome.
Hales had been present in Mbargo nightclub on the morning of September 25, in the aftermath of England's ODI victory over West Indies, when Stokes was arrested following an altercation in which he appeared to swing punches at two men.
Following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Hales can expect to be considered when the Ashes tourists pick their squad for the limited-overs leg of their Australia trip following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test in Adelaide.