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Who is Ben Stokes, is he in New Zealand, and why has Durham all-rounder been banned indefinitely from the England team?

BEN STOKES has been banned indefinitely from the England cricket team after a video surfaced of him punching two people in a shocking street brawl. The 26-year-old may also have his vice-captaincy taken away from him, despite initially being named in the Ashes squad.

 Ben Stokes faces the England axe after shocking video emerged of him punching TWO people

Who is Ben Stokes?

  • Stokes is an England cricketer, who also played for the Durham county team.
  • He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, who moved to the UK at a young age.
  • The 26-year-old made his debut for England in 2011 in a one-day international against Ireland in August 2011.
  • He is an all-rounder, which means he can bat high in the order, but also bowls well.
  • Stokes holds the record for the fastest ever Test double-hundred for England.
  • England cricket star Ben Stokes ‘floors man and throws punches at others in street brawl’

What happened during the fight?

Stokes broke his hand during the fight and faces a battle to fit for the First Ashes test in Australia. He thumped two men during the brawl in Bristol at 2.35am on Monday. He arrested for suspected actual bodily harm and released without charge while police investigate.

The England Cricket Board is investigating the incident, as are Avon and Somerset Police. Stokes had an X-ray on Tuesday which revealed he had a fracture to the side of his right hand below the little finger. It will take around six weeks to heal, and will miss warm-up games before the tough tour of Australia.

What have the ECB said about Ben Stokes?

The ECB have acted quickly to suspend Strokes from all England action. A statement from English cricket’s governing body said: “Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be considered for selection for England international matches until further notice.

  • “Each remains on full pay pending further ECB investigation and the on going Police investigation into an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September.”
  • “Andrew Strauss, Director of England Cricket, will today refer the internal disciplinary procedure for these two players to the Cricket Discipline Commission, chaired by Tim O’Gorman.”
  • “These decisions, fully supported by ECB Chairman Colin Graves, were made following the release of footage viewed by ECB for the first time on Wednesday night.”

Where is Ben Stokes now?

Stokes jumped on a plane on Monday, November 27 – but not on the way to Australia. The banned all-rounder is making a private trip to New Zealand to see his parents, who live in Christchurch. He took his cricket gear and will continue the batting. And bowling practice he has been doing most days at Durham.

It means Stokes will be only four hours’ flight from the team when they play the Second Test in Adelaide starting this Saturday. However, Stokes remains under investigation by Avon and Somerset Police, who have yet to decide whether to charge him following his arrest on September 25 on suspicion of actual bodily harm.

He sin-binned by England until further notice. And his chances of appearing in the Ashes series are remote – especially after the Jonny Bairstow headbutt saga. Team supremo Strauss said: “We’ve had no information from the police. We’re waiting for them to make a charging decision and, until that happens, nothing has changed. We’re in the same situation as we have been for quite a long time now.

“There are certain procedural things that have taken place but there is a process that can only kick in once we’ve heard a charging decision from the police.”

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