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How Ben Stokes' untimely saga impacts The Ashes squad announcement

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England selectors will not delay the naming of the Ashes squad despite the news of Ben Stokes' arrest on Monday morning in Bristol.

The Mirror reported that the squad will be named before the fourth One Day International against the West Indies at the Oval tomorrow.

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.

The ECB released a statement saying that Stokes and opener Alex Hales will miss the clash tomorrow 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.

"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 is not the first time that the all-rounder has seen himself in strife with the law, which has included obstructing police and a number of speeding convictions. 

With Stokes being a vital member of England's set-up in all formats of the game, this news has certainly not come at the best time for the ECB.

As well as answering questions about various selections and non-selections of the Ashes squad, they will certainly have to be prepared to answer some curly questions relating to the incident in Bristol.

Nevertheless, it will be normal service tomorrow morning for England, as they prepare to take on the West Indies once more, but also name their squad for this year's Ashes.

A interesting 24 hours lay ahead for the ECB.

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