Stokes, Hales named in England ODI squad

Colin Munro goes on the attack for the Auckland Aces

Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes and controversial batsman Alex Hales, who last made the headlines for all the wrong reasons, has been included in the 16-man England One-Day International (ODI) squad for the five-match series against Australia starting in January.

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.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have given opener Alex Hales the green light to make his comeback after he was cleared by the police in relation to the street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol in September.

"The two openers we had did very well and it would be hard to go against them", Bayliss was quoted as saying by the Guardian. "We bring him back in and drop one of those guys down, then it would be someone else upset as well. If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin", concluded the English coach.

Teammate Alex Hales who was with Stokes on the night of question has also been selected, but is facing no criminal charge, but could still be punished.

All-rounder Stokes is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand after he was declared unavailable for England selection in the aftermath of the September 25 fracas outside a night club in Bristol during the limited-overs series against Windies.

Ben Stokes scored 34 from 41 balls but failed to take a wicket as his second game for Canterbury ended in a seven wicket defeat against Auckland. 'But whenever he comes back, there's going to be a bit of a circus for sure. "He has started to hit balls this week and there is only so much you can get indoors banging bowling machine balls", Morgan said.

It was an improved performance from the left-hander in Auckland, though, as he struck four boundaries in a 41-ball innings of 34 at Eden Park but, as on his Canterbury debut, spin proved his downfall as he was trapped lbw. He was subsequently overlooked during the selection of the squad for the Ashes, which England now trail 0-2.

Meanwhile the first one-day worldwide between England and Australia takes place on January 15 in Melbourne.

A squad for the Twenty20 tri-series in February, that also involves New Zealand, are yet to be named but it is expected to see Test players such as Root and Moeen Ali rested.

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