European Central Bank suspends Stokes, Hales from worldwide duty

Jonathan Hernandez
October 1, 2017

The Durham cricketer, who was accompanied by England team mate Alex Hales, was seen throwing several punches at two men in the video.

The year old ad featured regularly during Sky Sports's coverage of England's One Day International series against West Indies. Stokes, who has suffered a broken finger on his right hand, remains under investigation after being released by police.

"Each remains on full pay pending further European Central Bank investigation and the ongoing police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September".

On Wednesday, the Test vice-captain was named in England's squad for the Ashes tour of Australia this winter. With just 54 days until the first Test in Brisbane and Stokes and Hales banned while subject to what is understood will be a protracted European Central Bank disciplinary investigation, England's management are already planning to be without their talisman in Australia.

Host Andrea McLean stepped in saying: "Okay, we apologise, we apologise for that, but this is one of the reasons why we wanted to do this live". The outcome of the investigation might decide Stokes' future and mostly his chances to travel with the Ashes squad to Australia in November. Treat people like adults Strauss said the incident involving Stokes will lead to a reassessment of how England's players will be treated regarding their free time on tour.

"I can't wait", he added.

England can still win the Ashes even if all-rounder Ben Stokes does not go to Australia, says all-rounder Moeen Ali.

This is not the first time Stokes has been involved in a controversial off-field incident.

The allrounder has been in superb form in the a year ago and a half driving England's home success. Hopefully I can show that I can go out there and play well against their bowlers.

Although some figures in the European Central Bank are understood to have some sympathy for Stokes' actions, if the circumstances he has described are accurate, the fact that the two men have yet to come forward despite blanket media coverage of the incident will be a major concern to the player. "The key things are timing and knowing that if you drink too much that can impact on your performance and preparation - and that is in no way accepted by the management". "I'm 26, not 14".

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