Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Ben Stokes named in England squad for ODI series

Ben Stokes named in England squad for ODI series

Stokes has been named in a 16-man squad for the five-match series that runs from January 14-28.

Due to that investigation, Stokes wasn't able to travel to Australia with the England team, and has subsequently watched on as Joe Root's men have struggled. "We've got to take a decision now and I just think the best way to go is with the two guys who have taken over".

England reaffirmed on Thursday it will not settle on any form of punishment - nor contemplate Stokes' return - until he is either charged or cleared over the Bristol brawl that left another man with a fractured eye socket.

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. Whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus for sure. If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin.

Stokes is likely to open the bowling for Canterbury in the limited overs match and revealed there were some familiar faces among his new team, with several players having spent time with his UK County team Durham, helping him ease in to the new surroundings.

The England all-rounder made a brisk 34 against Auckland today.

Reports have suggested that England may draft in Stokes ahead of the third Ashes 2017-18 Test at Perth, but the England and Wales Cricket Board awaits police decision, which will be followed by their own inquiry. He was subsequently overlooked during the selection of the squad for the Ashes, which England now trail 0-2.

British detectives late last month passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision, but there has been no word since.

Stokes has since returned to competitive action in New Zealand with Canterbury and the European Central Bank has said it will make a swift decision on his availability once it receives confirmation of whether Stokes has been charged.

Hales, an opener who has not played any professional cricket since the September nightclub incident, learned this week that he will face no criminal charges, opening the door for his trip to Australia.

England's one-day captain Eoin Morgan is also in the dark.

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 ODI series.

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