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ECB release new statement confirming discipline for Stokes and Hales

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Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been indefinitely suspended by the ECB (England Cricket Board) after video footage, which appeared to show Stokes throwing punches outside a nightclub in Bristol, emerged on Wednesday.

Neither man will be considered for selection for England until further notice while both the ECB and the police conduct their respective investigations on the incident.

The ECB have released a statement which reads: "Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the ongoing Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.

"Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O'Gorman.

"These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night."

This news comes after yesterday’s announcement that, despite the incident, Stokes was named in England’s ashes squad as well as retaining his vice-captaincy too.

He was arrested on Monday night at 2:35am in the Clifton area of Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Video footage, obtained by The Sun, appeared to show a man who resembled Stokes throwing punches at two men. Someone also can be heard shouting “Enough, Stokes” during the fracas.

As of yet, it’s not been made clear as to why Alex Hales has been suspended, as the ECB have not gone into specifics.

Hales was not arrested by Somerset and Avon police in relation to the incident despite being present. He did however voluntarily accompany Stokes to the police station to give evidence following the brawl.

In the meantime, Strauss has said that he will be interviewing each England player who was out with Stokes that evening, which allegedly includes the likes of James Anderson and Jake Ball, as well as Alex Hales.

Both men missed the final ODI against the West Indies at the Oval following the suspension, as it was also confirmed by Andrew Strauss that Stokes suffered a fractured finger as a result of the brawl.

The next fixtures for England will be those against Australia as part of the upcoming Ashes series.

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