Stokes and Hales included in England one-day squad

England Cricket Board has included Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in the one-day international squad for next month’s series in Australia.

Ben Stokes is currently playing for Canterbury in New Zealand as he awaits news on whether he is to be charged over an alleged assault in Bristol in September.

Hales, though, was initially suspended by the ECB after the same incident, but later he was cleared by the police. An internal investigation is also pending once Avon & Somerset Police have decided whether or not Stokes should be charged.

ECB in a statement said: “Selectors were given clear guidance to name their strongest squad and have made their selections accordingly. Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September.

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“The ECB Board has agreed that Alex Hales is available for team selection at this stage. This follows Police confirmation that he will face no charges and the independent Cricket Discipline Commission staying its disciplinary process.

“Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Ben Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage.”

England squad: Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Curran, ALex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood



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