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Stokes withdrawn from Ashes squad, Finn makes the cut

by Sahir Usman Oct 07, 2017 • 15:33 PM

London, Oct 7 - Controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes has been withdrawn from England's Ashes squad, pending further investigation into his alleged street brawl in Bristol last month, with pacer Steven Finn stepping into the squad for the full five-Test series, starting from November 23.

"With the Ashes just around the corner, it's important to give the players, the coaching staff and supporters some clarity around a complex situation," Director of England Cricket, Andrew Strauss said in a statement.

"This decision will help us in the weeks ahead and give every player and the whole England set-up the best chance to focus on the challenge ahead in Australia.

Stokes was however, retained in the list of England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) 2017-18 central contracts and could make the squad if no further police action is taken. 

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