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Ben Stokes, Alex Hales named in England's ODI squad for Australia series

Ben Stokes, Alex Hales named in England's ODI squad for Australia series

The New Zealand-born all-rounder has been suspended from playing for England while police investigate his role in the September 25 incident in Bristol, which followed a limited-overs worldwide against the West Indies.

On the contrary, Hales will not face any charges from the police but can still be penalised by the ECB's disciplinary board.

Alex Hales has also earned a call-up, with the opener available for selection once again after police confirmed he will not face criminal charges over his involvement in the Bristol incident that saw Stokes arrested.

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

Ben Stokes is yet to fire in his Canterbury stint after falling for 34 runs in a one-day match against Auckland on Wednesday.

The first ODI series between England and Australia will be played on January 14.

Despite naming him in the squad, England reaffirmed 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.

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"Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say".

"The two guys who have taken over, I just think that's the best way to go".

Acknowledging that scrutiny, Bayliss added: "I'm sure there will be". We won't know it actually until it comes along. There's been a fair bit of scrutiny that's come along with it in the first five or six weeks (of England's Ashes tour) as well.

The news has come as a big relief for the English cricket fans.

That means Stokes is included, even though the all-rounder is now the subject of an European Central Bank suspension as he waits to hear whether he will be charged for his involvement in a disorder that took place in Bristol in September. "We've got to adjust to that at some stage".

"Hales has a bit to do to get back in the team".

Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.


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