Stokes in England squad for Australia ODIs, but his availability remains unclear


The all-rounder is now playing for Canterbury Kings with he and Hales having not played for England since 24 September after they were declared unavailable for selection until further notice following their night out in Bristol which saw Stokes arrested. Alex Hales and Ben Stokes duo who was suspended indefinitely by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pending the outcome of a police investigation into Bristol brawl, which allegedly inflicted bodily harm on a man.

The banished England allrounder joined the New Zealand side on a short-term deal last week and debuted on Sunday.

"Alex Hales will now be considered for England selection following confirmation that he is no longer a suspect in relation to an incident in Bristol in September", the European Central Bank said in a statement on Monday night.

England's one-day captain Eoin Morgan is confident that Alex Hales will be able to focus on his game after being made available for selection, following confirmation by police that he is no longer a suspect in the incident that took place in Bristol on September 25, although it seems likely he won't immediately earn his place back in the starting XI against Australia. Ben Stokes is also now part of the squad but his participation depends on a decision from the Crown Prosecution Service, after their charging advice was sought by Avon and Somerset Police. England coach Trevor Bayliss has suggested that Bairstow and Roy will both retain their positions at the top, but it is a dilemma Morgan is happy to have. We won't know it actually until it comes along.

"I've got absolutely no idea. There's been a fair bit of scrutiny that's come along with it in the first five or six weeks".

"We've got to take a decision but I think the best way is to go with the two guys who have taken over".

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

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.