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Stokes banned from England cricket team until further notice

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England matches until further notice, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Cumbrian cricket star Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released without charge on Monday, but remains under investigation.

A video that allegedly shows him throwing punches in a street fight was published yesterday by The Sun newspaper.

In a statement released today, the England and Wales Cricket Board said:

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.

Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the on going 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.

– ECB Statement