Stokes has 'let a lot of people down' – Warner

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David Warner believes that Ben Stokes “let a lot of people down” with his behaviour in Bristol in September, but if Stokes does take any part in the Ashes, Warner will wish him well.

Stokes was withdrawn from England’s Ashes squad after his arrest in Bristol on September 25. Footage circulated by the Sun newspaper purported to show him swinging punches at two men in an alley outside a nightclub at 2.30am.

“I think it’s probably disappointing for the England team and the country,” Warner said in Brisbane on Tuesday, ahead of the first Ashes Test. “I think he’s let a lot of people down. I would have loved for him to be out here, because I know what a competitor he is on the field, and he’s a world-class player.”

The official ECB line confirmed recently by chief executive Tom Harrison was that the board was in a “holding pattern”, and there was no prospect of Stokes being recalled to the squad until the police revealed whether or not they intended to prosecute.

“It’s obviously up to the English police first,” Warner said. “But at the end of the day he knows he’s made a mistake, and it’s about him getting the respect back from his players and fellow countrymen. If he does come out here we wish him well and hopefully he brings the fieriness that he does to the competition and to the cricket.

“I wish everyone well. We’re all sportsmen. We’re trying to achieve the same thing and that’s to win. So I wish everyone good luck.”

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo @brydoncoverdale

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