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Stokes expected to be fit for Ashes despite fractured hand

351   //    27 Sep 2017, 15:12 IST
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes has sustained a minor fracture to his right hand but is expected to play a full part in the Ashes series.

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, and subsequently released without charge, following an incident in Bristol in the early hours of Monday morning.

England director of cricket Andrew Strauss confirmed on Wednesday that Stokes has done damage to his hand but is set to play against Australia and will remain vice-captain "pending disciplinary procedures".

Stokes was held by police overnight and remains under investigation, but was among the 16 players named in the squad to face Australia on Wednesday.

The all-rounder is set to undergo further tests on his hand, but should be fit for the first of five Tests against Steve Smith's side in Brisbane – which starts on November 23.

"The early indications we have are he'll be fit for all of the Ashes," Strauss said.

"His selection is based on what we're in control of and we know."

Strauss was not able to confirm that Stokes will keep the vice-captaincy on a long-term basis.

"I'm just beginning to get a bit of a picture as to what went on on Monday night," the former England opener added.

"There is a formal disciplinary process and it's important that is followed properly."

James Vince and Gary Ballance were recalled to the Ashes squad at the expense of Tom Westley, while uncapped trio Craig Overton, Ben Foakes and Mason Crane also got the nod.

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