England call us Stokes, Hales

Postado Dezembro 08, 2017

Ben Stokes is in line to make his England return next month after he and Alex Hales were provisionally selected for the one-day worldwide series against Australia.

Stokes is now banned from global cricket while British authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a Bristol nightclub, and it remained in doubt whether he would play.

Selectors said in a statement they were advised to name their strongest squad, and picked the pair accordingly. "Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September".

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the one-day series which begins January 14 in Melbourne. "Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say".

New Zealand-born Stokes did not travel to Australia with the rest of the squad for the Ashes Test series, and has missed the first two in Brisbane and Adelaide, with England losing both of them.

The ECB will convene a board meeting within 48 hours once police have announced the outcome of advice sought from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether to charge Stokes.

Stokes, now playing for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand, and Hales have not been in action for England since 24 September after they were declared unavailable for worldwide selection until further notice.

"I've got absolutely no idea".

England ODI: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan 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 and Mark Wood.