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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales dropped by England after Bristol incident

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered by England for international cricket until further notice after they were involved in an incident near a Bristol nightclub.

Stokes, 26, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and video footage allegedly shows him in a brawl in the early hours of Monday.

On Wednesday, the Test vice-captain was named in England’s squad for the Ashes tour of Australia this winter.

The all-rounder and Hales, who was with him when the incident happened, will miss Friday’s final one-day international against West Indies at Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Stokes was released without charge but remains under investigation while Hales, 28, returned voluntarily to Bristol on Tuesday to provide further evidence about the incident.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced it is investigating the pair and will not consider selecting them, after the governing body saw footage published by The Sun newspaper which allegedly shows Stokes throwing punches at two men.

But no timeframe has been given on their potential availability, with England due to play their first Test against Australia in Brisbane on 23 November.

“Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the ongoing police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday September 25,” said the ECB in a statement.

“Andrew Strauss, director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman.

“These decisions, fully supported by ECB chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday.”

Stokes is said to be “fragile and devastated” after Monday’s incident.




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