Stokes out of fourth ODI against Windies af­ter ar­rest in Bris­tol

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LON­DON: Eng­land all-rounder Ben Stokes was ar­rested early on Mon­day af­ter an in­ci­dent in Bris­tol and will miss the fourth one­day in­ter­na­tional against West Indies, the Eng­land and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said.

“He was held overnight and re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with­out charge, late on Mon­day and will not join the team in Lon­don,” the ECB said in a state­ment on Tues­day. Opener Alex Hales, who was with Stokes on Sun­day night, will also miss Wed­nes­day’s match at The Oval. The ECB said he had re­turned vol­un­tar­ily to the city in the west of Eng­land to help police with their en­quiries.

Eng­land took an unas­sail­able 2-0 lead in the five-match se­ries af­ter win­ning the third game by 124 runs in Bris­tol on Sun­day. The sec­ond game was washed out. The news broke as the Eng­land se­lec­tors meet to fi­nalise the squad, which will be an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, for the Ashes Tour to Australia.

The flame-haired Stokes, vice­cap­tain of the Eng­land Test team and one of world cricket’s most de­struc­tive bats­men, would ex­pect to be one of the first names on the list.

“The se­lec­tors have been in­structed to se­lect the Ashes squad based on form and fit­ness as they nor­mally would,” said An­drew Strauss, Eng­land’s di­rec­tor of cricket.

The ECB gave no fur­ther de­tails of the in­ci­dent, but the BBC said it hap­pened in a city night­club. Sky Sports Tele­vi­sion re­ported that the 26-year-old player had in­jured his hand. Avon and Som­er­set po- lice said they had been called to a dis­or­der in the Clifton area in the early hours.

“A 27-year-old man was found to have suf­fered fa­cial in­juries and was taken to the Bris­tol Royal In­fir­mary for treat­ment,” they said. “A 26-year-old man was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm and has since been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

- Reuters

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