Stokes and Hales in England one-day squad for Australia



Allrounder Ben Stokes has been provisionally included in England's 16-man squad for a five-match one-day global series against Australia in January.

Stokes, now playing for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand, and Hales have not been in action for England since 24 September after they were declared unavailable for global selection until further notice. Stokes is now banned from global cricket while British authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a Bristol nightclub.

Selectors said in a statement they were advised to name their strongest squad, and included the pair accordingly.

Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the one-day series which begins January 14 in Melbourne. "Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September", they said.

"Whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus for sure", he told reporters after England lost the second Test in Adelaide on Wednesday. "If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin".

Asked about the timing of any clarification of Stokes' situation, Bayliss said: "I've got absolutely no idea".

Stokes could yet return mid-series to the Ashes if police decide not to charge him.

Bayliss said: "The two openers we had did very well, and it would be hard to go against [them]".

At that point, it will also be decided whether any Ashes reinstatement could be in order for the remainder of a series in which England trail 2-0 with three to play.

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