Alex Hales is all set to be considered for England selection once again, the England Cricket Board confirmed on Monday, following his involvement in the violent incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.
Both Hales and Stokes have not been considered for international selection since September 25, whilst the police investigation is ongoing. The decision to make Hales available for England follows police confirmation that he is no longer a suspect in relation to the incident.
England will announce their squad on December 5 but it remains to be seen how much of the ODI and T20 series Hales plays because the ECB also confirmed he could still face internal disciplinary action.
A final decision on any punishment for both Hales and Stokes will be made by the Cricket Discipline Commission and will only be made once any criminal proceedings have concluded.
Hales has also been granted a no-objection certificate to allow him to play in the inaugural T10 tournament in Dubai between December 21 and 24. The ECB also granted Stokes a NOC to enable him to play in New Zealand’s domestic competition.