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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.

Ben Stokes catches out the Aussies

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes' superb catch on day one of the Third Ashes Test Credit: PA

Ben Stokes took a stunning catch on day one of the Third Ashes Test match as Australia were bowled out for just 60.

The Durham all-rounder who grew up in Cockermouth caught Adam Voges at fifth slip off the bowling of Chris Broad who took eight wickets.

Ben Stokes celebrates his sensational catch Credit: PA

Stokes took another slip catch to take the wicket of Nathan Lyon to finish off the Australian innings at Trent Bridge.

England will now hope to build a big first innings lead which would put them in pole position to re-claim the Ashes.


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Stokes celebrates claiming sixth wicket

The England and Wales Cricket Board posted this picture on Twitter of Ashes debutant Ben Stokes claiming his sixth wicket for just 99 runs:

Australia were all out for 326 on the first day of the fifth Test in Sydney.

Success for Stokes despite Ashes misery

Cricket and England may have lost the Ashes, but every cloud has a sliver lining, and in their case it's the performance of Ben Stokes.

The 22-year-old, who grew up playing cricket in Cumbria, hit his maiden test century against Australia at Waca.

It was also England's first hundred of the series so far. He went on to score 120 before being dismissed by Nathan Lyon.

England lost the match, and the series to Australia, but the performance of the Durham star went down well on both sides of the world.

Jon Lewis, First Team Coach with Durham County Cricket Club said it was an 'exceptional' performance from Stokes: