England and Wales Cricket Board have said Ben Stokes and Alex Hales won’t be considered for selection in the England side until further notice. The duo, who was involved in the late night brawl outside a pub in Bristol, is being investigated by the police.
“Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman. These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the released of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.”
Yesterday, England coach Trevor Bayliss said he thought the behaviour of Stokes and Hales, both of whom were out drinking until the early hours of Monday morning, were very unprofessional but launched a defence of Stokes’ position as Test vice-captain.
He said it was “very difficult for everyone involved” and “something that we didn’t want to go through and hope we don’t go through again”.