Test Vice captain Ben Stokes could be withdrawn from the upcoming Ashes squad if he reminds under Police investigation when the Squad flies out at the end of this month.
The 26 year old was arrested 10 days ago on suspicion of causing Actual Bodily Harm (ABH) following an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol. With the authorities unable to give a time scale on the inquiry and similar cases being known to take months to be resolved the England and Wales Cricket board (ECB) are preparing for the worst.
Should the investigation be concluded in time the ECB will of course assess the outcome before deciding if Stokes will retain his place in the squad.
It is believed the incident happen on a night out with England team mates, celebrating their victory earlier that day over the West Indies, in which Stokes scored 73 runs. He later became involved in a brawl in which a 27-year-old was left needing hospital treatment to facial injuries.
England team mate Alex Hughes was also present, however he wasn’t named in the 16 man squad set to fly to Australia on the 28th October, with their first warm up game in Perth on the 4th November, before the first test in Brisbane on November 23rd.
England will be looking to defend the Ashes that they won on home soil in 2015, while also looking to restore their creditability after a 5-0 whitewashing in their last trip to Australia.
England boss Gareth Southgate has named in form Tottenham Hotspur’s Striker Harry Kane as Captain for tonight’s World cup qualifier against Slovenia in which victory will ensure England of a place in next year’s world cup finals.
This will be the 2nd time Kane has captain the National team, sharing the role with Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Chelsea defender Gary Cahill and West Ham Keeper Joe Hart as Southgate decides exactly who will take the job on permanently.
According to reports, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will join Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Skipper Harry Kane in an attack orientated line up at Wembley tonight.
Sterling will be stepping into the suspended Dele Alli’s role alongside Rashford and Chamberlain with Kane upfront.
Joe Hart will retain his place in goal, while Manchester City defender is expected to start in alongside Chelsea’s Gary Cahill in central defence, with Kyle Walker retaining his place at right back and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand making up the back four.