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Ben Stokes could now miss whole Ashes tour after incident outside nightclub

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The last thing England's selectors needed on the eve of announcing the squad to tour Australia for the Ashes was a controversial off-field incident involving one of their star players to overshadow it.

But unfortunately for Andrew Strauss and the rest of the ECB, that's exactly what has happened.

Ben Stokes is set to be included in the 16-man squad England will reveal have been picked to take on the Aussies down under but his chances of getting on the plane have taken a huge hit.

Following England's win in the third ODI against West Indies on Sunday, the 26-year-old was involved in an incident outside a nightclub in Bristol.

It emerged on Tuesday that the Durham all-rounder had been arrested and was immediately ruled out of the fourth ODI while a police investigation was ongoing.

According to The Sun, however, Stokes might not have been fit enough to feature anyway.

They claim he suffered a suspected broken right hand after clashing with a 27-year-old male in the early hours of Monday morning.

The unnamed 27-year-old was hospitalised with facial injuries while Stokes was arrested on suspicion of assault.

The England star has had an x-ray on the injured hand. If his worst fears are true and it is broken, he could be out of action for up to 12 weeks - putting his Ashes contention in serious doubt.

There is also the possibility Stokes will not be allowed to tour Australia anyway if the police press charges and he is required to go to court.

It's a nightmare scenario for captain Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss as Stokes has emerged as one of the first names on the teamsheet over the last two years

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On top of everything else, as this isn't Stokes' first discrepancy, he is also set to be sacked as vice-captain.

Nevertheless, there are set to be a few surprise names still included in the 16-man Ashes squad.

The Sun also report that James Vince, Ben Foakes, Mason Crane, Craig Overton and Gary Ballance will all be selected as Root's side hope to cause a big upset on the other side of the world.

The first Test gets underway in Brisbane on November 23.

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

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