Tuesday 1st December 2020

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  • Ben Stokes: England cricketer arrested after Bristol nightclub incident

    26 September UK-England all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a nightclub incident in Bristol early on Monday.

    He will not be available for England’s fourth one-day international against West Indies on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

    Team-mate Alex Hales, who was with Stokes, will also miss the match and has returned to Bristol to help police.

    Stokes was held overnight after the team’s victory in the third ODI.

    The 26-year-old Test vice-captain was arrested after an incident at about 02:35 BST at the city’s Mbargo club which left another man needing hospital treatment for facial injuries.

    England are due to name their squad on Wednesday for the Ashes tour of Australia.

    “Selectors have been instructed to select the Ashes squad based on form and fitness as they normally would do,” said England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

    The team went 2-0 up in the best-of-five ODI series with a 124-run victoryon Sunday, in which Stokes made 73.

    This is a police investigation so the ECB is in no position to give any details of what occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.

    Stokes has worked hard to repair his reputation since being sent home from a Lions tour in 2013 for late-night drinking to the point that he is now England’s official vice-captain.

    The Ashes squad is due to be announced tomorrow so further developments will be watched with great interest.

    Statement from Avon and Somerset Police

    “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.”

    Statement from England and Wales Cricket Board

    “Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s one-day international match against West Indies at The Oval.

    “Stokes was held overnight and released under investigation – without charge – late on Monday and will not join the team in London.

    “Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help police with their enquiries.

    “You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can.”

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