Ben Stokes written off for the Ashes

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Trevor Bayliss admits he has written off any hope of Ben Stokes being available for the Ashes campaign in Australia.

Alcohol has been the source of a number of problems for England's cricketers in the recent past, the most current being this September when Ben Stokes was arrested following an "incident" in Bristol after a one-day global against the West Indies.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bayliss said: "Not having someone like Ben in the team will be a loss". "If he turns up it would be an absolute bonus".

Bayliss described the incident as "a wake up call" for England's 16-man squad, who met at Lord's on Friday to discuss off-field conduct.

Bayliss says the management will not enforce curfews in Australia but has called on his team to be "sensible and professional" as they set out to defend the urn.

Alastair Cook and the England team arrive in Australia.

There has been disruption already, of course, to England's best-laid plans, but Bayliss believes there will not be a lingering uncertainty which further unsettles the tourists.

"It's something you'd much rather do without", Bayliss said. "It mucked our plans around a little bit".

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"The players are focused on the series". They are concentrating on playing without him. We can't worry about something we can't control. "Personally I think we have to play a bowler in his place which makes our batting not quite as long but when you have Chris Woakes at No. 8, that's probably the combination I've been after for a while".

"It doesn't matter if you have rules and regulations and curfews. 'In the end it's the players" own choice whether they break a rule or work things out for themselves.

"The players have come up with a few small rules and regulations, and a belief or agreement among themselves that they will be doing the right thing and looking after themselves".

The players will have local knowledge on their side when they do go out because on this tour their chief security officer is a former Queensland policeman, Reg Dickason, who was last week assessing Karachi as a future venue for the Pakistan Super League, supported by his son Sam. "It's a long tour, you've got to get out and experience the country that you're touring".

"I have", the English coach said.

"When we had the great tour Down Under in 2010-11, we had the most incredible couple of nights out at the start of that tour, which brought the team so close together", Pietersen said.

He will replace Ottis Gibson and take up his new role in the new year, although he is not expected to have any involvement during the Ashes.

The former Ashes victor and well-liked television pundit has echoed the thoughts of numerous more provocative pundits in Australia and will not have earned himself any favours with a number of former teammates in the English dressing room.

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