England to name Ben Stokes in one-day squad on Ashes tour
CRICKET: Ben Stokes could be on his way to Australia with England set to roll the dice and name the all-rounder in their one-day squad for later in the summer.
The chances of Stokes making it out for the back end of the Ashes series is now looking slim but the ECB are reportedly poised to pick him and fellow Bristol bad boy Alex Hales in the 50-over team named at the conclusion of this Test match.
According to the UK's Daily Mail, Stokes will be named, but his participation in the five-match series would be predicated on the Crown Prosecution Service determining he won't be charged for his part in a vicious brawl outside a nightclub in September.
It is likely Stokes would receive a hostile reception from Australian fans following the public backlash that followed the disturbing video footage showing Stokes punching a man to the ground.
It may only be an outside chance he will play, but to even name Stokes is a highly controversial call given he is currently banned from playing for England and Bristol police have asked the CPS for "charging advice”.
His fate is entirely in the hands of the CPS, who will announce in the coming weeks whether the 26-year-old will be charged.
Stokes could still play the Ashes, but that would be determined on the CPS making their call on a potential charge in the next week and that seems unlikely.
Hales was cleared by police early in the investigation, but he was captured on video appearing to kick another man who was on the ground, before later imploring Stokes to stop his attack.
Stokes is perfectly situated to make his return to cricket in the ODIs as he's currently in New Zealand playing for Canterbury's limited-overs teams.
Hales was squeezed out of the Big Bash league this season, apparently on the nose with Australian teams, but he is one of the more destructive opening batsmen in international limited-overs cricket.