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Ben Stokes withdrawn from Ashes squad pending police investigation.

Ben Stokes to offer "full explanation" when legal process allows

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Ben Stokes has promised a "full explanation" of the events from September 25 in Bristol.

The England all-rounder was arrested for alleged actual bodily harm, after being involved in an incident in the early hours of the morning outside a nightclub.

Stokes has acknowledged that his actions have had a negative impact on his teammates ahead of the Ashes tour of Australia.

The incident, according to Stokes’ agent, has impacted the ECB and the wider sport of cricket.

Stokes was withdrawn from England's Ashes squad pending a police investigation into the events outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol.

He was shown allegedly throwing punches at two men in a street brawl, and is now under a full investigation from the police.

It was reported this morning that the England international has parted company with his bat sponsor New Balance. The contract was believed to be worth £200,000 a year.

The cricketer’s agent, former England batsman Neil Fairbrother, insists that the player has retained the full support of his management company.

An investigation by Avon and Somerset Police is underway, and Fairbrother has stated that the full details of the incident would be made public after the investigation.

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"Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing," stated Fairbrother in a statement.

"I am aware that he has fully cooperated with the police inquiry and voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the incident. He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.

"Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right. On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward. Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.

"He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team mates and the game of cricket itself which he loves.”

CRICKET-ENG-WIS

The Ashes tour starts with three warm-up matches between November 4 and 18.

The first Test, in Brisbane, begins on November 23, and the series concludes with five ODIs in January.

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