Ben Stokes, England all-rounder, has been arrested in Bristol in the early hours of Monday. The 26-year-old spent the night in prison but was held overnight and released under investigation – without charge .

His England team-mate Alex Hales voluntarily returned to Bristol to assist police with their enquiries, and both will miss the fourth Royal London Series one-day international against West Indies at The Oval on Wednesday.


Andrew Strauss, England’s director of cricket, said: “I went to see Ben last night down in Bristol. I will be addressing players this afternoon after practice. We will obviously be launching our own investigation into the circumstances surrounding this. The Ashes selection will be going ahead as planned.”
“The selectors have been instructed to select the Ashes squad based on from and fitness,” Strauss added.

England ODI captain Eoin Morgan told BBC Sport: “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.

“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 tomorrow but not letting that happen is something we will strive to do.”

Statement from Avon and Somerset Police: “We were called to a disorder in Queens Road, Clifton, at around 2.35am on Monday [25 September]. A 27-year-old man was found to have suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Royal Infirmary for treatment. A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and has since been released under investigation.

“We’d appeal for anyone who was in the Clifton Triangle area in the early hours of Monday who saw any part of this incident, to call Investigations on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5217218578.”

The 26-year-old Ben Stokes has a history of poor behavior.

In 2012, he was arrested on a night out and was warned by the police. In 2013, Stokes was sent home from an England Lions tour over late-night drinking.

England were made to do without the all-rounder at the 2014 World T20 after he punched a dressing-room locker in Barbados in frustration at a run of poor form, breaking his hand.

In 2016, Stokes appeared at Northallerton Magistrates Court after being convicted of speeding for a fourth time.