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Stokes withdrawn from Ashes squad, Finn makes the cut

By Sahir Usman
Nov 30, -0001 • 00:00 AM

"We have spoken to Ben and assured him that our decision in no way prejudges the outcome of the ongoing Police investigation or Cricket Discipline Commission process, as can be seen by the award of central contracts," Strauss said.

England batsman Alex Hales, who was also a part of the brawl with Stokes, has also been retained in the list of contracted players for the limited overs formats.

A statement from the ECB confirmed that three other players who were out drinking with Stokes and Hales during the recent ODI series againts the West Indies, on September 25 -- namely Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett -- have accepted a formal written warning and a fine for unprofessional conduct.

Commenting on the selection of Finn in the Ashes squad, Strauss said: "Steven is a high-quality cricketer, with considerable experience of both international cricket and Australian conditions. The Selectors believe he will add to the range of options and the squad will be further supported by the arrival of the Lions in Australia in November."

The first Ashes Test will be played from November 23-27 at the Gabba in Brisbane followed by Tests in Adelaide from December 2-6, Perth (December 14-18), Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 4-8).

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