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STOKES AND HALES IN ENGLAND ONE-DAY SQUAD

Both players' participation in the Australia series is still not guaranteed

England have included Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in their one-day international squad for next month's series in Australia.

Stokes is currently playing for Canterbury in New Zealand as he awaits news on whether he is to be charged over an alleged assault in Bristol in September.

Hales was initially suspended by the ECB after the same incident but, having been cleared by police, he is available for selection. An internal investigation is also pending once Avon & Somerset Police have decided whether or not Stokes should be charged.

Should he be cleared, both the Durham all-rounder and Hales could line up against the Aussies in a five-match series.

An ECB statement read: "Selectors were given clear guidance to name their strongest squad and have made their selections accordingly. 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.

Mark Wood and Moeen Ali are both in the squad

"The ECB Board has agreed that Alex Hales is available for team selection at this stage. This follows Police confirmation that he will face no charges and the independent Cricket Discipline Commission staying its disciplinary process.

"Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Ben Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage."

Kent's Sam Billings and Stokes's Durham team-mate Mark Wood are both added to the England squad for the games.

The remaining 14 players were included in the party which beat West Indies 4-0 in September.

England squad: Morgan, Ali, Bairstow, Ball, Billings, Buttler, Curran, Hales, Plunkett, Rashid, Root, Roy, Stokes, Willey, Woakes, Wood

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