Oval(September 27, 2017): England dropped Ben Stokes and Alex Hales from their side to play West Indies in the fourth ODI at The Oval today after the star all-rounder’s arrest, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced.
The duo have been made unavailable after key all-rounder Stokes, 26, was arrested in Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning after England’s 124-run win in the third ODI in the southwest city.
Hales, 28 was with Stokes when the incident happened in the Clifton district of Bristol on Sunday night.
The Oval match takes place just hours after England are due to unveil their squad for the Ashes tour of Australia at the south London ground earlier on Wednesday.
“Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for today’s one-day International match against West Indies at The Oval,” ECB director of England cricket Andrew Strauss said.
“Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol,” the former England captain added as he continued to read out the statement.
“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 actual bodily harm and has since been released under investigation.