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Ben Stokes picked by England for Ashes despite arrest

Three uncapped players - paceman Craig Overton, legspinner Mason Crane and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes - were called up to the squad that was announced on Wednesday.

Reported by: AP , New Delhi [ Updated: September 27, 2017 16:15 IST ]
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Ben Stokes was included Wednesday in England's 16-man squad for the Ashes series in Australia, two days after the allrounder was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm on a night out.

Stokes, who was also retained as vice-captain, was picked for the tour purely on cricketing grounds although he won't be playing in an ODI against West Indies on Wednesday in the wake of the incident early on Monday.

He remains under investigation after being released by police.

Three uncapped players - paceman Craig Overton, legspinner Mason Crane and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes - were called up to the squad for a tour that starts November 4. The first Test starts from November 23 at The Gabba, the second starts from December 2 at the Adelaide Oval, the third match is from December 14 at Perth, the fourth begins from December 26 at the MCG while the fifth and the last Test starts from January 4 in Sydney.

James Vince returned for the first time since August 2016 and fellow batsman Gary Ballance is back after fracturing a finger in a test against South Africa in July, giving them another chance to stake a claim for a place in England's fragile middle order.

There was no place in the squad for for batsmen Tom Westley and Alex Hales, and bowlers Mark Wood and Toby Roland-Jones.

England, which won the most recent Ashes series in 2015 on home soil, heads to Australia on Oct. 28 and will play three tour matches before a five-test series.

"A tour of Australia is the ultimate test for our squad," national selector James Whitaker said. "We have provided (captain) Joe Root and (coach) Trevor Bayliss with a well-balanced squad with options in all areas.

"After a successful summer, having won the test series against South Africa and West Indies, there is real competition for places."

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Ballance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes.

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