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Ben Stokes arrested for Bristol brawl, cricketer to miss 4th ODI vs West Indies

Ben Stokes was arrested after an incident in Bristol. The star cricketer and teammate Alex Hales have been dropped from the fourth England vs West Indies ODI at The Oval tomorrow

cricket Updated: Sep 27, 2017 11:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, London
Ben Stokes,Alex Hales,England cricket team
This file photo taken on June 01, 2017 shows England's Ben Stokes reacts while bowling during the ICC Champions Trophy cricket match between England and Bangladesh at The Oval in London. England have dropped Ben Stokes and Alex Hales from their side to play West Indies in the fourth one-day international at The Oval on September 27. (AFP)

Ben Stokes, with a history of poor behaviour, spent a night in jail after a reported bust-up in Bristol in the early hours of Monday.

England cricket officials have dropped Ben Stokes and teammate Alex Hales from the fourth ODI versus the West Indies at the Oval on Wednesday. Hales was also involved in the incident but was not arrested. England will name their Ashes squad on Wednesday.

“Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s one-day International match against West Indies at The Oval,” ECB director of England cricket Andrew Strauss said while reading out a board statement to reporters at The Oval on Tuesday.

The ECB said Alex Hales, who was with teammate Stokes at the time of his arrest, returned to Bristol on Tuesday to help police with the investigation. Stokes was released without charge.

According to a statement released on Monday by Avon and Somerset police, “A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment.

“A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing bodily harm and has since been released under investigation.”

The 26-year-old Ben Stokes has a history of poor behaviour.

In 2012, he was arrested on a night out and was warned by the police. In 2013, Stokes was sent home from an England Lions tour over late-night drinking.

The England all-rounder, known for his propensity to engage into skirmishes, missed the 2014 World T20 after breaking his hand when punching a locker.

Strauss confirmed that both Durham star Ben Stokes -- a Test regular -- and Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales, a fringe candidate, will be considered for the Ashes squad on cricketing grounds alone by the England selectors at this stage.

(With inputs from AFP)

First Published: Sep 26, 2017 18:03 IST