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BEN STOKES "WILL NOT TRAVEL AT THIS STAGE"

Steven Finn added to Ashes squad

As it stands Ben Stokes will not travel to Australia. Meanwhile England have added Steven Finn to their Ashes squad.

A statement from the ECB  read: "Ben Stokes will not travel at this stage, though no final decision has been taken on his involvement in Australia."

Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, said:

“With the Ashes just around the corner, it’s important to give the players, the coaching staff and supporters some clarity around a complex situation.

“This decision will help us in the weeks ahead and give every player and the whole England set-up the best chance to focus on the challenge ahead in Australia.

“Steven is a high-quality cricketer, with considerable experience of both international cricket and Australian conditions. The Selectors believe he will add to the range of options and the squad will be further supported by the arrival of the Lions in Australia in November.

“We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing Police investigation or Cricket Discipline Commission process, as can be seen by the award of Central Contracts.

“On these, I would like to congratulate all of those who have received England contracts for 2017/18, ahead of a busy year of International cricket.”

2017/18 Central Contracts

Test Match

Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

ODI/T20

Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Joe Root, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Incremental

Toby Roland-Jones.