Sport Cricket Kingpin Ben Stokes arrested: Ashes campaign off to disastrous start

Kingpin Ben Stokes arrested: Ashes campaign off to disastrous start

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England vice-captain Ben Stokes' Ashes series selection is pivotal. Photo: AAP Photo: AAP
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England will press ahead with their Ashes squad announcement despite the arrest of vice-captain Ben Stokes outside a nightclub in Bristol.

In a statement, that the England Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that allrounder Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident in Bristol, was detained early on Monday but released without charge in the evening.

A man was reportedly left with facial injuries as a result of the incident.

The ECB said Alex Hales, who was with teammate Stokes at the time of his arrest, returned to Bristol in southwest England on Tuesday to help police with the investigation.

Hales and Stoke will miss the fourth one-day international against the West Indies at The Oval on Wednesday.

But ECB director Andrew Strauss said he still planned to name England’s Ashes squad before Wednesday’s match.

Stokes is a certain inclusion, as long as he is fit, while Hales is a less likely contender, having played the last of his 11 Tests 13 months ago.

Stokes is no stranger to controversy, having been involved in several unbecoming incidents in the past.

In 2011 he was arrested for obstructing police on a night out and ultimately cautioned.

The following year saw him sent home from an England Lions tour in Australia, alongside team-mate Matt Coles, for repeatedly flouting rules on late-night drinking.

And England was made to do without the all-rounder at the 2014 World T20 after he punched a dressing-room locker in Barbados in frustration at a run of poor form, breaking his hand.

In 2016, Stokes appeared at Northallerton Magistrates Court after being convicted of speeding for a fourth time.

Hales, like Stokes omitted from England’s fourth ODI against the West Indies after returning to Bristol to provide witness evidence about the disorder, was an unlikely inclusion in England’s winter squad in any case.

Possible England Ashes squad: Joe Root (Capt), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, James Vince, Ben Foakes (wkt), Mason Crane, Jake Ball, Mark Wood, Keaton Jennings.

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