Bayliss braces for 'circus' after Stokes is included in England ODI squad

Bayliss braces for 'circus' after Stokes is included in England ODI squad

The all-rounder is now playing for Canterbury Kings with he and Hales having not played for England since 24 September after they were declared unavailable for selection until further notice following their night out in Bristol which saw Stokes arrested.

Due to that investigation, Stokes wasn't able to travel to Australia with the England team, and has subsequently watched on as Joe Root's men have struggled.

"We've been playing some good one-day cricket and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy at the top of the order have played well", England coach, Trevor Bayliss, said.

"Alex Hales will now be considered for England selection following confirmation that he is no longer a suspect in relation to an incident in Bristol in September", the European Central Bank said in a statement on Monday night.

The England all-rounder made a brisk 34 against Auckland today.

Stokes' performance was at least an improvement on his Canterbury debut last weekend when he scored only two runs in a six-ball innings and went wicket-less in nine overs in a loss to Otago. While the charges against Stokes were severe, Hales did not suffer any charges from the officials. He is waiting for the judgment from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Police completed their investigation last week and the case is with United Kingdom prosecutors, who are determining whether to charge Stokes.

Asked about the timing of any clarification of Stokes' situation, Bayliss said: "I've got absolutely no idea".

In case the ECB Board receives a formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage.

Moeen was the only player from the XI that played against Australia in the Adelaide Test to feature in the match.

On the contrary, Hales will not face any charges from the police but can still be penalised by the ECB's disciplinary board.

In addition to Stokes and Hales, Sam Billings and Mark Wood were added to the squad that beat Windies 4-0 in the ODI series held in England at the end of the British summer. After the conclusion of the Ashes, the English side will lock horns with the Aussies in a five match ODI series.



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