Ben Stokes named in England ODI squad to face Australia

Ben Stokes named in England ODI squad to face Australia

Stokes, who is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand, is not a part of England's Ashes squad and is awaiting the result of the ongoing police investigation following a nightclub brawl on September 25.

Alex Hales, who was also involved in the altercation, has also been given the green light to rejoin the worldwide side. Opener Alex Hales has also been named in the squad after he was recently cleared of any wrongdoing in the Bristol incident in September, which led to the arrest of all-rounder cricketer Ben Stokes.

Reports have suggested that England may draft in Stokes ahead of the third Ashes 2017-18 Test at Perth, but the England and Wales Cricket Board awaits police decision, which will be followed by their own inquiry.

England head coach Trevor Bayliss said about the prospect of Stokes's return and a media circus: " I'm sure there will be.

"Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say".

The first one-day global between England and Australia begins on January 15 in Melbourne.

Stokes returned to New Zealand, his country of birth, in November and has since played two one day matches for Canterbury in the Ford Trophy.

"The two guys who have taken over, I just think that's the best way to go". British detectives late last month passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision, but there has been no word since. "Still waiting for the police report", coach Trevor Bayliss said, highlighting the vast uncertainty over the star's availability.

England has lost both the opening tests to Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide and now face a major challenge winning the series. Meanwhile, Kent batsman Sam Billings and Durham seamer Mark Wood are also added to the squad that defeated West Indies in England at the end of the summer.

"With around 18 months to the start of the 2019 World Cup, our ODI side continues to make solid progress with series wins over the West Indies and South Africa last summer and a semifinal berth in the Champions Trophy", said James Whitaker, the European Central Bank selector.