68 Stokes’ Ashes trip put on hold

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BEN Stokes will not travel to Aus­tralia with the Eng­land squad on Oc­to­ber 28 to con­test the Ashes.

The Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board has not made a fi­nal de­ci­sion on Stokes’ in­volve­ment in the five-Test tour but, if he does fea­ture, he will travel later.

All-rounder Stokes, 26, is un­der po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, hav­ing been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm last month af­ter an ugly, early-morn­ing in­ci­dent out­side a Bris­tol night­club.

Fast bowler Steven Finn has been added to Eng­land’s 16man Ashes squad in Stokes’ place.

Nei­ther Stokes nor bats­man Alex Hales, who also has spo­ken to po­lice in con­nec­tion with the Bris­tol in­ci­dent, is be­ing con­sid­ered for se­lec­tion un­til fur­ther no­tice.

In a sep­a­rate mat­ter, the ECB also fined and is­sued a writ­ten warn­ing to Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plun­kett for “un­pro­fes­sional con­duct” af­ter it was con­firmed the three play­ers had been out drink­ing with Stokes and Hales on the night in ques­tion.

None of the Eng­land trio was with Stokes and Hales at the time of the in­ci­dent out­side Mbargo night­club.

The ECB made the de­ci­sion on Stokes be­cause no fur­ther up­date on the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion is ex­pected un­til at least the mid­dle of this month.

“This de­ci­sion will help us in the weeks ahead and give every player and the whole Eng­land set-up the best chance to fo­cus on the chal­lenge ahead in Aus­tralia,” Eng­land team direc­tor An­drew Strauss said.

The first Ashes Test be­gins on Novem­ber 23 in Bris­bane.

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