Ben Stokes' Ashes plans derailed as England duo indefinitely suspended

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England’s Ben Stokes, who was arrested in Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning.
England’s Ben Stokes, who was arrested in Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been suspended from international matches until further notice, the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed.

Test vice-captain Stokes, who was selected in England’s Ashes squad on Wednesday, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after disorder in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning.

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The all-rounder was released from police custody following further investigation, while national team-mate Alex Hales assisted with the investigation.

The Sun released footage of the alleged incident last night, after Stokes was called up to Trevor Bayliss’ Ashes Test squad.

The ECB released a statement confirming that the duo will be made unavailable for international selection, following the release of the video.


It read: “Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.

“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.

“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 night.”

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