Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Ben Stokes Ashes participation delayed

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MANCHESTER: The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad as it stands.

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

He has still been awarded a central contract, while pace bowler Steven Finn has been added to the tour party.

Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett have each begin given written warnings for their conduct.

They are not connected to the Stokes incident, for which batsman Alex Hales volunteered to help police with their investigation.

All-rounder Stokes, 26, was arrested on a night out that followed England’s victory over West Indies in the third one-day international.

In the aftermath, Stokes and Hales were left out of the fourth ODI, but Stokes was still named in the original Ashes squad.

After the touring party was named, the Sun newspaper published footage that allegedly showed Stokes involved in a street brawl.

Subsequently, the ECB said that Stokes, who suffered a broken hand, and Hales would not be available to play for England until further notice, a stance it reiterated on Friday.

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