Stokes, Hales cleared for ac­tion af­ter dis­ci­plinary hear­ing

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales re­main el­i­gi­ble for Eng­land se­lec­tion fol­low­ing the out­come of a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing into their roles in a fight out­side a Bris­tol night­club in 2017.

All-rounder Stokes, who was cleared of af­fray in Au­gust, was handed an eight-match Eng­land ban by the Cricket Discipline Com­mis­sion Dis­ci­plinary Panel but those games are deemed to have been served.

Hales, who did not face crim­i­failed nal charges, was given a six-match white-ball ban with two al­ready served and four sus­pended.

Af­ter the ver­dicts were an­nounced, Durham man Stokes apol­o­gised for the in­ci­dent, ac­cept­ing the ver­dict and said he had learned lessons from it, plead­ing guilty at the hear­ing.

“The crim­i­nal charges and, sub­se­quently, the dis­ci­plinary charges have made it dif­fi­cult to make pub­lic com­ment about the is­sues. I have al­ready apol­o­gised to my team-mates, coaches and sup­port staff for the con­se­quences of my ac­tions in Bris­tol,” Stokes said.

“I re­gret the in­ci­dent ever hapA­part pened and I apol­o­gise to Eng­land sup­port­ers and to the pub­lic for bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute.

“Cricket and fam­ily are my life. This in­ci­dent has been a huge bur­den for the last 15 months. I am re­lieved to get back to play­ing the game that I love. Al­though the dis­ci­plinary process is now over, I have learned lessons that will stay with me for much longer.”

Stokes was ar­rested in the early hours of Septem­ber 25 last year, mid­way through Eng­land’s one-day in­ter­na­tional se­ries with the West In­dies, and then charged with af­fray in Jan­uary.

Hales was with Stokes at the time of the in­ci­dent in Bris­tol, in which a 27-year-old man suf­fered a frac­tured eye socket.

Both men were charged with two counts of bring­ing the game into dis­re­pute. As well as the night­club in­ci­dent, Stokes an­swered a charge in re­la­tion to an “in­ap­pro­pri­ate video” on so­cial me­dia, while Hales was charged in re­la­tion to “in­ap­pro­pri­ate im­ages”.

08 match ban for Stokes, which was deemed al­ready served

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