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Cloud cover over Stokes and Hales' selection in England squad for Ashes

[caption id="attachment_37333" align="alignnone" width="580"]Ben-Stokes Ben Stokes will not be considered for selection in England squad until the investigations are over.[/caption]

Internet Desk: Ben Stokes and Alex Hales’ selection in England squad  for the forthcoming Ashes looks to be in serious doubts following England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision not to consider them for selection until the conclusion of an investigation into the incident that led to the former’s arrest this week.

A video of the incident revealed on Wednesday that Stokes and Hales were involved in the brawl. The England all rounder was seen landing punches on the unidentified person. Stokes was arrested by police in Bristol on Monday and was detained overnight on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, while Hales voluntarily returned to the city to assist with enquiries.

Following the video release, the ECB has released a statement which keeps them suspended till the investigation is over.

“Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice,” an ECB statement read.

“Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the ongoing Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.

“Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman.

“These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.”

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