Stokes remains as England’s vice-captain … for now
The ECB has seen video footage that allegedly shows Ben Stokes throwing punches in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol.
Stokes, who was on Wednesday named in England’s Ashes squad and retained as vice-captain pending an investigation, was arrested at 2.35am in the Clifton area of the city on Monday, suspected of causing actual bodily harm.
He was detained overnight by Somerset and Avon Police, and released under investigation while inquiries continue. Alex Hales, who was with him during the incident, returned to Bristol on Tuesday to help police with their inquiries.
In the video, obtained by The Sun, a man who very closely resembles Stokes can be seen swinging punches at two men, one of whom can be heard dropping a bottle. It was confirmed by Andrew Strauss, the ECB director of England cricket, at the Ashes squad announcement that Stokes had suffered a fractured finger in the incident.
In the video, men can be heard shouting: “Enough, Stokes.”
“We have seen this footage for the first time tonight – when posted by The Sun,” an ECB spokesman said. “There is an ongoing police investigation that will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process.”
Stokes and Hales were both suspended by England on Tuesday and missed the fourth ODI at The Oval.
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Source: ESPN Crickinfo