England cricket star Ben Stokes dropped after arrest over alleged assault in Bristol

26 September 2017, 13:09

England one day international vice-captain Ben Stokes has been dropped after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

The 26-year-old was held in Bristol at 2.35am on Monday morning - hours after hitting 73 runs to help England beat West Indies.

Avon and Somerset Police said the arrest followed an incident in which a 27-year-old man suffered facial injuries and was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

Stokes remains under investigation after being released by police.

Teammate Alex Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, returned to Bristol on Tuesday to help officers with their inquiries.

Both players have been dropped from England's squad to play West Indies at The Oval on Wednesday.

The Three Lions' Ashes squad announcement is set to take place immediately before the fixture.

Andrew Strauss, director of England cricket, said: "You will understand that we cannot offer detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can."

He added: "Selectors have been instructed to select the Ashes squad based on form and fitness as they normally would."

Stokes is fourth in the International Cricket Council all-rounder rankings and was considered to be a certainty for England's Ashes squad.

Hales is a less likely contender, having played the last of his 11 Tests more than a year ago.

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said the arrest had been "a little bit of a distraction" to players.

"Certainly in the past the best thing we've always been able to do is to focus on our cricket, and this instance is no different," he added.

"There is a little bit of a distraction outside the team, and it has the potential to affect the game tomorrow. But not letting that happen is something we can strive to do."

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