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VAUGHAN CONVINCED STOKES WON'T FEATURE IN AUSTRALIA

England all-rounder is waiting to find out if he is to be charged over an alleged assault

Michael Vaughan is adamant that Ben Stokes will not feature for England in Australia, in either white or red-ball cricket.

Stokes is currently in New Zealand where he is getting gametime for club side Canterbury as he waits to discover if he is to be charged over an alleged assault in Bristol in September.

On Thursday he was named in the England squad for the five-match one-day international series against Australia, which starts next month, but Vaughan is convinced that it is just for show.

Stokes cannot be considered for selection until the police process comes to a close, while an internal ECB review also needs to take place.

With that in mind, former England skipper Vaughan was certain that the Durham all-rounder will not be seen in his country's colours any times soon.

Michael Vaughan doesn't expect Ben Stokes to play in Australia

"It’s very confusing but I don’t think anything has changed really," he told the BBC.

"It’s the same situation we are in now, he’s not here playing for England because he is not deemed selectable."

Vaughan has sympathy for the ECB, who are trying to balance a large public demand for Stokes's inclusion with the need to be cautious while the investigation into an early-morning street brawl remains ongoing.

"They don’t want to prejudice any kind of case moving forward. They had to include to include him in the squad," he said.

"But I would bet my bottom dollar that unless this case comes to an end very quickly, there is no chance that Ben Stokes will play cricket in Australia this winter."

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