England’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes has been named in the one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia. Stokes had been suspended from all forms of cricket following his infamous brawl that occurred outside a nightclub in Bristol in September. An investigation was carried out during which the all-rounder was picked in England’s squad for the Ashes 2017-18 series in Australia.
Opening batsman Alex Hales, who also was the second player to be caught in the same incident, also makes his return to the 16-man squad that will play one-day series against Australia. The first game of the series will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground on 14th January. Selectors clearly expressed that they have picked the best players possible for the series and felt that Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will boost England’s chances of winning a one-day series in Australia.
Stokes was not named in the Ashes squad as England lost both the games played at Brisbane and Adelaide. There were rumors of him being called up for the third game of the series at Perth but it turned out that he has signed for New Zealand’s domestic Canterbury for a stint and will play as an overseas player. He showed no signs of rustiness in the game played for Canterbury.
England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said that the player has yet to be charged on the matter as the verdict is yet to be given on the altercation that happened in Bristol. Hales also has played any sort of competitive cricket following his suspension due to infamous incident. The good news for Alex Hales is that he will not be charged with any criminal offense. Sam Billings and Mark Wood are also included in the setup for the one-day series in Australia.
England ODI squad for Australia: Eoin Morgan (captain), Joe Root, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Mark Wood