Ben Stokes set to be withdrawn from England ODI squad

Stokes made his return to competitive cricket with Canterbury in Christchurch last month

Despite the man himself plying his trade for Canterbury in New Zealand while he waits, it now looks more likely that Stokes will be replaced in the squad and withdrawn as unavailable for selection as he waits to be advised on whether or not he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm during a late-night altercation at a Bristol nightclub back in September 2017.

Time has run out for Ben Stokes to be included in England's one-day series in Australia as his exile from worldwide cricket continues.

Alex Hales, who was present at the time of the Stokes incident, is also in the squad but could be forced to bide his time on the sidelines after missing the final two matches of the series against West Indies at the end of the summer and seeing Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow perform strongly in his absence. Avon and Somerset police completed their investigation into the incident in November and passed a file on to the CPS for advice on whether he should be charged.

Having been initially named in the Ashes squad a few days after his arrest, footage was released by a newspaper appearing to show Stokes throwing a series of punches at a man in the street.England subsequently said he would not be considered for selection until investigations were complete.

"Ben Stokes will not travel with the group of players leaving the United Kingdom on January 2, pending CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) advice on the incident in Bristol in September".

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Only after the criminal case is concluded will an European Central Bank cricket discipline commission rule on any further penalty for Stokes, who has not represented his country since September 24.

In some good news for Stokes, the European Central Bank confirmed it had approved of the all-rounder entering the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

Malan has been one of England's better-performing players during the Ashes, making his maiden Test hundred at the WACA.

The 30-year-old has had a good outing on home turf in limited overs cricket, amassing 78 runs off 44 balls on T20 debut vs South Africa at Cardiff last summer. The auction for the IPL takes place at the end of January and is expected to once again make Ben Stokes one of the highest paid stars in the format.

The ODI series begins in Melbourne on January 14, after which England and Australia will play a T20I tri-series involving New Zealand.

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