No po­lice ac­tion over Hales

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Nick Hoult CRICKET NEWS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Alex Hales has been told by po­lice he is not un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for the fight in a Bris­tol street that led to the ar­rest of Ben Stokes, and he will now push for his cricket dis­ci­plinary case to be heard so he can re­turn to play­ing again.

Hales has a deal to play Twenty20 in South Africa in De­cem­ber, and oth­ers in the pipe­line, but has a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing hang­ing over his head. But af­ter meet­ing po­lice on Fri­day, Hales is now hope­ful of restart­ing his ca­reer.

Stokes is in a dif­fer­ent po­si­tion. He was ar­rested at the time of the in­ci­dent and his dis­ci­plinary hear­ing is un­likely to take place un­til af­ter crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions have ended for fear of prej­u­dic­ing any ju­di­cial process. It leaves Stokes in limbo. He was told this week he will not be trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia with the rest of the Eng­land squad on Oct 28 and his hopes of play­ing in Aus­tralia at all are fad­ing fast.

Hales has been placed on in­def­i­nite sus­pen­sion and had his case re­ferred to a panel chaired by Tim O’Gor­man. But he is not a mem­ber of the Ashes squad and will not play in­ter­na­tional cricket again un­til the new year one-day se­ries in Aus­tralia at the ear­li­est. Be­fore then, he hopes to play in the South Africa Global T20 and Big Bash.

He could be prevented from play­ing in over­seas leagues by an ECB ban, but it is more likely he will be sus­pended from Eng­land duty in one-day cricket.

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