Stokes included in England’s Ashes squad despite arrest
LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes was named on Wednesday in a 16-man squad for the Ashes tour to Australia despite being arrested earlier in the week for an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub.
Stokes, England’s highestprofile cricketer and key matchwinner, was held on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in the early hours of Monday and released under investigation. An X-ray showed a minor fracture of a finger on the player’s right hand but he is expected to be fit for the opening game of the tour against a Western Australia XI in Perth on November 4. Stokes also retains the vice-captaincy.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement announcing the squad did not mention the incident, which has been the talk of the last 24 hours. Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was included for the first time, along with fast bowler Craig Overton and specialist spinner Mason Crane. Full story @ timesofoman.com/sports