Cricket

ECB to consider Alex Hales for limited-overs side after being exonerated of Bristol nightclub incident

  • AFP
  • December 4th, 2017
  • 20:12:55 IST

London: Batsman Alex Hales will face no criminal charges over a fracas that resulted in an England suspension for him and all-rounder Ben Stokes, cricket chiefs said on Monday.

Hales, a 28-year-old opener, has not played any professional cricket since he and Stokes became embroiled in the late-night incident outside a Bristol nightclub on 25 September.

England's Alex Hales plays a shot during the third one day international cricket match played between England and the West Indies at the Brightside Ground in Bristol on September 24, 2017. West Indies won the toss and opted to field in the third ODI. / AFP PHOTO / Geoff CADDICK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB

File image of England's Alex Hales. AFP

Following a brief statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Hales can expect to be considered when the Ashes tourists pick their squad for the limited-overs leg of their Australia trip following the conclusion of the ongoing second Test in Adelaide.

"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 ECB statement said.

Stokes, who made his return to cricket for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand on Sunday, is still waiting to hear if prosecutors will advise police to charge him following his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

He and Hales were told in October they would not play for England until further notice and Stokes was excluded from the Ashes trip, despite having been named in the initial squad.

The all-rounder could yet return mid-series if police decide not to charge him and he may be included provisionally when the limited-overs squad is announced.

Updated Date: December 04, 2017 20:12:55 IST

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