“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.
Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs captain, said the news regarding Stokes and Hales has come as a distraction for the team but added that their focus will be on the upcoming game. “Ben and Alex will be unavailable for tomorrow’s game so there are two positions up for grabs. It has been a bit of a distraction but this game is about winning the series.”
This is not the first time that Stokes has been arrested. In what was reported as a drink-related incident, the Durham all-rounder was arrested and cautioned for obstructing police on December 16, 2011.