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Ben Stokes will not travel with Ashes squad after Bristol arrest

Ben Stokes was arrested in Bristol last month. Credit: PA

Ben Stokes will not travel with the Ashes squad for the tour to Australia as it stands.

Stokes was arrested in Bristol last month on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Clifton nightclub.

The ECB has confirmed that while the all-rounder has still been awarded a central contract, bowler Steven Finn has been added to the Ashes squad in his place.

While Stokes is not travelling with the rest of the squad on 28 October, his involvement in the Ashes has not officially been ruled out.

We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing police investigation or cricket discipline commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts.

– Andrew Strauss, England director of cricket