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HALES AVAILABLE FOR ENGLAND SELECTION

Nottinghamshire batsman is no longer a suspect in an incident of alleged assault

Alex Hales has been made available for England selection after it emerged that he is no longer a suspect in an alleged assault case.

Hales was interviewed by Avon & Somerset Police following an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub in September, which resulted in the arrest of Ben Stokes.

The case file was passed onto the Crown Prosecution Service last week, with the police force saying they are "seeking charging advice".

But it has now been confirmed that Hales faces no action against him, leading the ECB board to conclude that he could be made available for selection once again.

An ECB statement read: "Alex Hales will now be considered for England selection, following confirmation that he is no longer a suspect in relation to an incident in Bristol in September.

"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 independent Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC] has stayed the internal disciplinary process for both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until the conclusion of any potential criminal proceedings relating to the incident.

"Players, England Selectors and the England management team have all been informed.

"ECB has also approved a formal request for a ‘No Objection Certificate’ [NOC] to allow Hales to play in the inaugural T10 Cricket League in Dubai from December 21-24."

Stokes, meanwhile, played his first game for Canterbury on Sunday after flying to New Zealand last week.

He is still waiting to discover if he is to be charged.

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