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Kevin Pietersen reacts on Twitter to Ben Stokes' arrest

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What have you done, Ben Stokes?

It’s been revealed that the England cricketer was arrested in Bristol on Monday morning, leaving the England selectors with a huge dilemma on their hands.

The squad for the Ashes will be named before the fourth One Day International against the West Indies at the Oval on Wednesday.

Will Stokes be named?

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm, with a 27-year-old man suffering facial injuries and needing hospital treatment in Bristol following England's win over the Windies.

ECB statement

The ECB released a statement saying that Stokes and opener Alex Hales will miss the clash on Wednesday due to helping out police with their inquiries.

The statement read: "Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow's One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval.

"Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol.

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"Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries.

"You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can."

It leaves English cricket fans worried about the absence of one of their key players.

And there was plenty of reaction on social media, as you imagine.

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KP reacts

But one comment caught the eye more than the others and it was from former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen.

Pietersen reacted to BBC Sport’s story with the rather pessimistic: “OH NO! Major Ashes scare! If Stokes doesn't go to Aus, then England should just stay at home!”

He then followed that up with: “#BringBackKPTheAllRounder.”

Of course, Pietersen was dropped from the England squad years ago after falling out with various members of the team management.

It will be interesting to see the treatment that Stokes gets after this misdemeanor and whether or not he makes the squad for the Ashes tour.

One thing is for sure, though, they won’t be calling upon Pietersen.

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Topics:
Cricket
The Ashes
ODI
Kevin Pietersen
Joe Root
Australia cricket
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