Three more England stars receive warnings and fines from the ECB

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Official warnings and fines have been dished out to three English cricketers for unprofessional conduct on a night out in Bristol on September 25. 

This comes after another incident on the same night, involving cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales, which led to Stokes being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm.

Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett are not thought to be involved in the incident which led to Stokes' arrest, but the trio have each been issued with warnings and fines from the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The ECB released a statement: "Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett have each accepted a formal written warning and fine for unprofessional conduct - unrelated to the investigations into Ben Stokes and Alex Hales - with undisclosed sums paid equally to the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Hornsby Professional Cricketers' Fund," as per Sky Sports.

It is understood that the internal investigation is no longer ongoing and there will be no further comment on the situation by the ECB.

Bairstow, Ball and Plunkett were all handed central contracts by the ECB, along with Stokes and Hales. 

Nevertheless, Stokes will not be traveling to Australia with the England squad for the Ashes on October 28, and Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss has since released a statement on the decision.

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"We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing Police investigation or Cricket Discipline Commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts."

We will have to wait and see how much Stokes' omission will impact the outcome of the Ashes in October.

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