Alex Hales cleared to play for England after Bristol nightclub incident

Ben Stokes was in the Canterbury line-up on Saturday

Ben Stokes was in the Canterbury line-up on Saturday

Hales has been cleared by police of any charges relating to the brawl in Bristol.

Hales, 28, was not arrested but was interviewed under caution by police and was not considered for selection.

Stokes is now unavailable for England selection due to an ongoing investigation into a late-night fracas in Bristol in September.

This means that Hales could play for England with immediate effect but find himself suspended by the CDC at a later date.

In his first match since being arrested in September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, Stokes was bowled seventh ball for just two runs before returning figures of 0-49 off nine overs.

Ben Stokes was out cheaply on Saturday in Rangiora
Ben Stokes was out cheaply on Saturday in Rangiora

The Daily Mail is reporting that barring a decision from prosecutors in the next couple of days "England are now minded to include both men" in their one-day squad.

The Black Caps, Australia and England contest a trans-Tasman Twenty20 Tri-Series in February before England then tour New Zealand to play five ODIs and two tests.

"The ECB Board has convened via conference call to make the decision after being informed that Hales is deemed a witness and will face no charges", the ECB said in a statement.

The ECB also confirmed Hales will be available to play in the inaugural 10-over-a-side competition in Dubai, between December 21 and 24.

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