Durham's Ben Stokes and Alex Hales Suspended From England

28 September 2017, 16:02

Ben Stokes

The England and Wales Cricket Board have suspended Ben Stokes and Alex Hales from future international matches until further notice.

The pair will not be considered for selection, after the governing body saw footage published on The Sun newspaper's website which allegedly shows Stokes throwing punches in a street fight.

Test vice-captain Stokes, who was selected in England's Ashes squad on Wednesday, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after disorder in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the ECB 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 ongoing police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday September 25.

'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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