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Hales cleared by police, available for England selection

Hales cleared by police, available for England selection

Stokes - suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) when footage of the incident emerged - was released without charge having been detained following an alleged fight with two men outside of a bar, while police refereed his case to the Crown Prosecution Service for "charging advice".

Hales has been cleared to play again after being cleared of any wrongdoing.

Hales, 28, was not arrested but was interviewed under caution by police and was not considered for selection.

England's Alex Hales plays a shot during the third one day global cricket match played between England and the West Indies at the Brightside Ground in Bristol on September 24, 2017.

Alex Hales has been cleared to play for England again after the European Central Bank lifted their suspension for his part in the Ben Stokes brawl in Bristol.

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A final decision on any punishment for both Hales and Stokes, which will be made by the Cricket Discipline Commission chaired by Tim O'Gorman, will only be made once any criminal proceedings have concluded. The 26-year-old came to the crease with the score at five for two.

Hales will now be named in the one-day squad for the series in Australia which will be released at the end of this Test.

The Cumbrian flew to New Zealand, the place of his birth, earlier in the week and signed as an overseas player for Canterbury on Thursday.

The pair were suspended by the European Central Bank from worldwide cricket until further notice.

The ECB also confirmed Hales will be available to play in the inaugural 10-over-a-side competition in Dubai, between December 21 and 24.