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Ben Stokes' arrest could cost him massively as ECB plan action

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes was arrested on Monday on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm after a nightclub incident in Bristol.

He will not be available for England's fourth one-day international against West Indies today, the ECB has announced, and will be removed from the ODI squad entirely.

Teammate Alex Hales, who was with Stokes, will also miss the match and has returned to Bristol to help police with their current ongoing investigation.

England had won the previous ODI by an very impressive 124 runs, with Stokes scoring an entertaining 77, before he latched on to a wide delivery and was caught in the deep to his disappointment.

Stokes, who is currently the Test vice-captain, was arrested after an incident at a club which left another man needing hospital treatment for facial injuries.

England are due to select their squad for the upcoming Ashes tour today, with Stokes and Hales both hoping to be selected.

Director of cricket Andrew Strauss indicated Durham player Stokes and 28-year-old Nottinghamshire batsman Hales would be considered on cricketing grounds alone.

"Selectors have been instructed to select the Ashes squad based on form and fitness as they normally would do," said England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan said: "It has been a little bit of a distraction. As a group we are strong at sticking together and working well as a team. It has the potential to affect the game but not letting that happen is something we will strive to do.

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"Jason Roy will definitely come in and play and we will make a final call on the other decision in the morning. We will look to bring others up as cover as well."

However, missing the ODI game could be just the start for Stokes, as, according to the Daily Mail, he could be stripped of his vice captaincy duties.

Due to this not being Stokes' first case of controversy, they are believed to be heavily considering demoting him from vice-captain, and giving the role to someone else.

Kent batsman and wicketkeeper Sam Billings has been drafted into the squad for Wednesday's match.

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What will this mean, however, for Stokes' career going forward?

This isn't the first time he has been involved in controversy like this. Earlier this summer during the South Africa series, Stokes enjoyed a wild night out.

He will certainly have to stay in control in the future if he is to retain his leadership role as vice-captain

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