Ben Stokes named in England squad for ODI series

Ben Stokes was out LBW to Tarun Nethula for 34

PHIL WALTER GETTY IMAGES Ben Stokes was out LBW to Tarun Nethula for 34

Stokes, who has been suspended from global cricket following his brawl at a Bristol bar, was dismissed for a 41-ball 34 and remained wicketless in his spell of 7-0-39-0.

All-rounder Stokes is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand after he was declared unavailable for England selection in the aftermath of the September 25 fracas outside a night club in Bristol during the limited-overs series against Windies.

The England Cricket Board said in their statement Thursday that once they receive formal confirmation on whether he has been charged or not, they would meet within 48 hours to decide on whether he plays.

The Ford Trophy encounter between Canterbury and Auckland is turning out to be a forgetful affair for Stokes, who was punished by Munro.

Police completed their investigation last week and the case is with United Kingdom prosecutors, who are determining whether to charge Stokes.

But speculation that Stokes was preparing for a dramatic call-up was fuelled by his decision to sign with New Zealand provincial side Canterbury as their overseas player in late November.

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Hales was also present on that night out after England's ODI win the previous day, but will not face any charges, with both men named in the 16-man squad to face Australia at the conclusion of the Test series in Australia.

"Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say". We won't know it actually until it comes along. Whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus for sure. "There's been a fair bit of scrutiny that's come along with it in the first five or six weeks". If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin.

Alex Hales, who was stood down by England's board after being with Stokes during the incident in Bristol, will not face charges and has also been included in the ODI squad.

Moeen Ali will lead the English team in a two-day warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI starting on Saturday at Richardson Park, Perth.

Hales may continue to pay some price though, with Bayliss indicating incumbents Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow will likely open when the series starts in Melbourne. "I can't see any changes there personally".

"We could bring Hales back in and drop one of those guys down, but then it would upset someone else".

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