Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ben Stokes included in England's ODI squad for Australia series

Ben Stokes included in England's ODI squad for Australia series

The all-rounder is now playing for Canterbury Kings with he and Hales having not played for England since 24 September after they were declared unavailable for selection until further notice following their night out in Bristol which saw Stokes arrested.

England has lost both the opening tests to Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide and now face a major challenge winning the series.

"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", a statement from European Central Bank said.

Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the ODI series. "We've got to adjust to that at some stage".

The banished England allrounder joined the New Zealand side on a short-term deal last week and debuted on Sunday. In his first limited-overs match for his birth province against Otago, he was bowled for two.

The participation by Stokes and Hales in the series will however stay a subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September.

Asked about the timing of any clarification of Stokes' situation, Bayliss said: "I've got absolutely no idea".

The ECB will convene a board meeting within 48 hours once police have announced the outcome of advice sought from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether to charge Stokes.

"He is obviously getting cricket under his belt, which is a really good decision. given that he could potentially come back quickly". He was joined in the 12-man squad with the five players that did not play in Adelaide, plus six players from England Lions (Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood). This follows Police confirmation that he will face no charges and the independent Cricket Discipline Commission staying its disciplinary process.

Meanwhile, Kent batsman Sam Billings and Durham seamer Mark Wood are also added to the squad that defeated West Indies (4-0) in England at the end of the summer.

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