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Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes to play for England in third Test

Stokes was acquitted by a jury under an affray charge. Credit: PA

Ben Stokes will make his England return in the third Test against India on Saturday.

27-year-old Stokes missed the second Test at Lord's while he was on trial for his involvement in a fracas in Bristol in September.

After being cleared on Tuesday 14 August, he has replaced Sam Curran in the team.

Captain Joe Root said it was "probably one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as captain".

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Stokes not travelling with England squad to Ashes

The 26-year-old all-rounder is currently under investigation by police Credit: PA

Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad on October 28, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has not made a final decision on Stokes' involvement in this winter's Ashes tour but, if he does feature, he will travel later.

The 26-year-old all-rounder is currently under investigation by police having been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm last month.

Jonny Bairstow, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball have been given formal written warnings and fined for unprofessional conduct following an internal investigation into behaviour within the one-day squad, the governing body has also announced.

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England cricketer Ben Stokes arrested

Stokes was released without charge Credit: PA

England all rounder Ben Stokes, who was brought up in Cockermouth, has been arrested after an incident in Bristol early on Monday.

He will not be available for England's 4th one-day international against the West Indies, the England and Wales cricket board has announced.

Stokes' team mate Alex Hales will also miss tomorrow's match.

Stokes was released without charge. Avon and Somerset Police say:

We were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday 25 September.

A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and has since been released under investigation.

We'd appeal for anyone who was in the Clifton Triangle area in the early hours of Monday who saw any part of this incident, to call Investigations on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5217218578."

– Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson
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