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Monday, 09 October 2017 - 11:50
Ben Stokes withdraws from Ashes squad
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The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed that Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the Ashes squad "at this stage".

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

He has still been awarded a central contract, while pace bowler Steven Finn has been added to the tour party.

Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett have each been given written warnings for their conduct.

The trio were part of the night out in Bristol, but the reprimands are not connected to the Stokes incident, for which batsman Alex Hales volunteered to help police with their investigation.

All-rounder Stokes was arrested on a night out that followed England's victory over West Indies in the third one-day international.

Stokes and Hales were left out of the fourth ODI, but the 26-year-old was still named in the original Ashes squad.

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