Ben Stokes once again struggles to make Canterbury impact


England teammate Alex Hales was cleared of any wrongdoing and is expected to be named in the nation's one-day squad for the series to be played in Australia after the Test matches.

Not only did they lose the Adelaide by 120 runs to go down 2-0, but across the Tasman in New Zealand, Ben Stokes, who is now suspended has endured a torrid time in Canterbury.

Alex Hales, who was stood down by England's board after being with Stokes during the incident in Bristol, will not face charges and has also been included in the ODI squad.

The England v Australia ODI series consists of five matches with the first at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 14.

Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the ODI series.

"Whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus". He was subsequently overlooked during the selection of the squad for the Ashes, which England now trail 0-2.

"Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say".

Stokes is now playing domestic cricket in New Zealand. "But we've got to adjust to that at some stage".

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Stokes' performance was at least an improvement on his Canterbury debut last weekend when he scored only two runs in a six-ball innings and went wicket-less in nine overs in a loss to Otago.

Ben Stokes is yet to fire in his Canterbury stint after falling for 34 runs in a one-day match against Auckland on Wednesday.

Avon and Somerset police have completed their investigation and have now handed the files over to the Crown Prosecution Service to decide whether or not charges should be laid.

On whether Stokes will actually be available or not, Bayliss said: " I've got absolutely no idea.

The news has come as a big relief for the English cricket fans.

Police completed their investigation last week and the case is with United Kingdom prosecutors, who are determining whether to charge Stokes.

Hales, an opener who has not played any professional cricket since the September nightclub incident, learned this week that he would face no criminal charges, opening the door for his trip to Australia. "The forthcoming series against Australia presents another significant opportunity for this group to showcase their skills and talent against a quality side away from home".