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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Ben Stokes included in squad for England's Ashes tour of Australia

Durham allrounder and England Test vice-captain made headlines for the wrong reasons this week following a late night arrest in Bristol.

Ben Stokes has been named in England's Ashes squad but whether he will stay as deputy captain remains to be seen. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo
Ben Stokes has been named in England's Ashes squad but whether he will stay as deputy captain remains to be seen. Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Photo

Ben Stokes was included in England's 16-man squad for the Ashes tour of Australia announced on Wednesday despite his recent arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

Durham allrounder Stokes was dropped for Wednesday's fourth one-day international against West Indies at the Oval after being arrested early on Monday in Bristol following England's win in the third ODI in the southwest city on Sunday.

Stokes is currently England's Test vice-captain but Wednesday's team announcement by the England and Wales Cricket Board made no mention as to whether he had retained his position as captain Joe Root's deputy.

Ashes-holders England face Australia in the first of five Tests in Brisbane starting on November 23.

Squad

Alastair Cook (Essex), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey, wkt)