An incident in Bristol involving Ben Stokes led to his arrest in early hours of Monday morning, Andrew Strauss, the ECB director of cricket, told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday (September 26), confirming that the allrounder as well as Alex Hales will miss the fourth ODI against Windies at The Oval.
Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night when the incident took place, did not take part in the training session on Tuesday as he returned to Bristol to help police with their enquiries.
“Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow’s One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval,” ECB said in a statement. “Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol. He was held overnight and released under investigation – without charge – late on Monday and will not join the team in London.
“Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries. You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can,” the statement added.
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