According to the latest reports, English all-rounder Ben Stokes will not travel with the England squad to Australia on 28 October.
The England and Wales Cricket Board is yet to take a final call on Stokes’s involvement in this Ashes tour but, if he does feature, he will travel later. Currently, he is under investigation by police as he was earlier arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm last month.
The ECB has also announced that Steven Finn will be added to the Ashes touring squad in light of the ongoing investigation by Avon & Somerset police. Neither Stokes nor Alex Hales, who has also spoken to police in connection with an alleged incident outside a Bristol nightclub, are being considered for selection until further notice.
Earlier, Stokes had been named as vice-captain for the Ashes tour, has had his central contract renewed. However, England team director, Andrew Straus said, “With the Ashes just around the corner, it’s important to give the players, the coaching staff and supporters some clarity around a complex situation. This decision will help us in the weeks ahead and give every player and the whole England set-up the best chance to focus on the challenge ahead in Australia.”
The first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on 23 November.