Thursday 22 February 2018

Stokes' Ashes hopes in doubt after suspension

Ben Stokes' fading Ashes prospects may hinge on the next stage of police investigations after England suspended him and Alex Hales from all future international matches until further notice. Photo: Stock Image
Ben Stokes' fading Ashes prospects may hinge on the next stage of police investigations after England suspended him and Alex Hales from all future international matches until further notice. Photo: Stock Image
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Ben Stokes' fading Ashes prospects may hinge on the next stage of police investigations after England suspended him and Alex Hales from all future international matches until further notice.

The pair will not be considered for selection, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced after seeing footage which allegedly shows Stokes throwing punches in a street fight.

Test vice-captain Stokes, selected in England's Ashes squad on Wednesday, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after disorder in Bristol in the early hours Monday. He was released without charge later that day but has remained under investigation ever since - while Hales returned voluntarily on Tuesday to provide evidence about the incident. Should anticipated further interviews result in Stokes being charged, it is hard to see how England could take him on a tour which starts on October 28.

"Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice," the ECB said yesterday.

"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."

Irish Independent

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