Ben Stokes, Alex Hales named in England's ODI squad for Australia series

Postado Dezembro 07, 2017

Stokes, who is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand, is not a part of England's Ashes squad and is awaiting the result of the ongoing police investigation following a nightclub brawl on September 25.

While Stokes has said he is in New Zealand to visit his parents, who live in Christchurch, he could quickly rejoin the England team if he is not charged or if there is any delay in a charging decision.

The 26-year-old opened the bowling for Canterbury but was unable to dislodge Colin Munro, who blasted a brilliant 174 not out from 118 balls, to get Auckland over the line with 7.3 overs to spare.

The all-rounder remains unavailable for England selection while the CPS considers whether or not to charge him over the alleged incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. "Still waiting for the police report", coach Trevor Bayliss said, highlighting the huge uncertainty over the star's availability.

"I'm sure there will be a fair bit of scrutiny. If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin". There's been a fair bit of scrutiny that's come along with it in the first five or six weeks as well.

"We're a young group with an average age of 23 or 24, so to have a guy of Ben's experience and quality is really going to lift our standards", said Donkers.

Led by skipper Eoin Morgan, the squad also comprises injury-prone pacer Mark Wood.

However his inclusion in the ODI series still remains subject to any legal or disciplinary developments in relation to Stokes' late night incident in Bristol. But we've got to adjust to that at some stage.

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.