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Alex Hales: England batsman not charged by police and available for selection

06 December 2017
Alex Hales: England batsman not charged by police and available for selection

Suspended cricketer Ben Stokes will soon learn if he will rejoin the England team, for their looming ODI series in Australia.

Hales, who has not played test cricket since past year, is a key member of the England one-day and Twenty20 teams and is now available for the limited-overs part of the Ashes tour which starts in January.

England batsman Alex Hales will not face criminal charges over an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in September and is available for selection, the England and Wales Cricket Board says.

He was brought back for a second four-over stint in the 19th and while he conceded just 15 runs, Rob Nicol managed to hit for six.

Ben Stokes did not pick up any wickets against Otago in Rangiora.

England teammate Alex Hales has been cleared of any wrongdoing following the street fight which led to Ben Stokes' suspension.

But the 26-year-old has arrived in New Zealand to play domestic cricket and made his debut for Canterbury in their 50-over Ford Trophy clash with Otago.

England hierarchy have said they will reassess their status once prosecutors announce whether they will be charged.

Christchurch-born Stokes surprisingly joined first-class New Zealand side Canterbury amid uncertainty over his participation in the Ashes series, having not travelled to Australia.