Alex Hales: England batsman not charged by police and available for selection

Doug Mendoza
December 6, 2017

Alex Hales can resume his England career after being told by the police he will not face any charges for his part in the incident that led to Ben Stokes's arrest in September.

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

Hales has also been cleared by the European Central Bank to play in the inaugural T10 competition in Dubai, a new competition with 10 overs per side.

Stokes came in at 2/5 and departed with Canterbury in disarray at 3/8 in the fourth over after chopping on. Doing anything else would have risked potentially prejudicing the outcome of the ongoing police investigation. The 26-year-old came to the crease with the score at five for two. He is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand, but he remains suspended from national duty.

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'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.

England's vice-captain signed as an overseas player for Canterbury earlier in the week as he was ruled out of at least the first two Ashes Tests following his arrest in Bristol.

The pair were suspended by the European Central Bank from global cricket until further notice.

The ECB has also cleared Hales to play in the inaugural T10 Cricket League in Dubai this month.

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