Stokes suspended by England, puts Ashes spot in danger

Lawrence Cooper
October 1, 2017

Less than 24 hours after he was suspended from cricket over his brawl arrest, video of Ben Stokes mocking glamour model Katie Price's son Harvey has emerged online.

Media reports said Stokes, who suffered a minor fracture of a finger on his right hand, had apologised to the European Central Bank for his arrest and described his state of mind as "fragile and devastated".

In addition, Strauss will be interviewing all England players who were out that evening in the aftermath of their victory in the third ODI.

Meanwhile England coach Trevor Bayliss said Thursday that events of the past few days had been one of the toughest challenges of a career that saw the 54-year-old Australian caught up in a deadly 2009 terror attack on a team bus in Lahore while coaching Sri Lanka. Stokes, who has suffered a broken finger on his right hand, remains under investigation after being released by police.

He was arrested on Monday in Bristol on suspicion of causing "actual bodily harm". Moreover, Stokes is just one on-field offence away from incurring a potential two-Test ban under the International Cricket Council's code of conduct.

"Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England global matches until further notice", the European Central Bank statement said. The pair could be among several England players who face European Central Bank action, with Strauss saying: "What I am doing is speaking to the players individually to get their accounts of what went on".

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A 27-year old was taken to the hospital with facial injuries.

There were Ashes recalls this week for middle-order batsmen James Vince and Gary Ballance despite the pair's struggles during their previous Test stints.

Moeen, who was man of the series in England's 3-1 Test series victory over South Africa in the summer, added of Stokes: "I think we all know how good a cricketer he is, and what he can bring to the table". England hold the Ashes after a 3-2 win on home soil in 2015.

England would certainly be a weaker side without their star performer with bat and ball on the plane and some former players claims Joe Root's squad will lose heavily without his skills with bat and ball.

Thoughts inevitably turned to November 23's series opener and England's mission impossible if they travel minus a player who has hit six centuries and taken 95 wickets in his 39 Tests to date.

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