Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for England until further notice, say ECB

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

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning.

He was released without charge but will be re-interviewed by detectives from Avon and Somerset Police in the next few days following the release of video footage allegedly showing Stokes involved in a brawl outside Mbargo nightclub in Clifton.

Stokes remains under arrest and has been asked to travel to Bristol in the next seven days to be interviewed under caution by detectives investigating the events.

Hales, who along with Stokes, missed Wednesday’s one-day international against the Windies, has also been contacted by Avon and Somerset police and will travel to Bristol in the coming days to speak to investigating officers.

An ECB statement 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.”

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