Alex Hales gets clean chit in Ben Stokes bar brawl

Dec 05, 2017, 09:08 IST | PA Sport

Alex Hales will face no criminal charges over the fracas in Bristol which resulted in his and Ben Stokes' suspension from England selection and is therefore back in line to be picked again

Alex Hales will face no criminal charges over the fracas in Bristol which resulted in his and Ben Stokes' suspension from England selection and is therefore back in line to be picked again. The opener has not played for his country, or any professional cricket, since he and Stokes became embroiled in the late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25. But following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board, Hales can expect to be selected once more when the Ashes tourists announce their squad for the limited-overs leg of their Australia trip following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test in Adelaide. The ECB statement read: "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.

England batsman Alex Hales
England batsman Alex Hales

"The ECB board has convened via conference call to make the decision after being informed that Hales is deemed a witness and will face no charges. The independent Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] has stayed the internal disciplinary process for both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until the conclusion of any potential criminal proceedings relating to the incident." Stokes, who made his return to cricket for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand's Ford Trophy competition on Sunday, is still waiting to hear whether the Crown Prosecution Service advises police to charge him or not following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. He and Hales were told back in October they would not be available for international selection until further notice and the all-rounder was therefore excluded from England's Ashes trip.

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