Stokes & Hales In English Team For Australia .............

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  1. Mayank soni

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    Schedule of 5 ODI in jan 14-28 ,2018 in Australia

    Ben Stokes and Alex Hales return after selectors were asked to pick strongest squad.

    Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been provisionally named in a 16-member England squad for the ODI series against Australia. The duo's participation in the five-match series, however, is subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September.

    Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

    All-rounder Stokes is currently playing for Canterbury in New Zealand after he was declared unavailable for England selection in the aftermath of the September 25 fracas outside a night club in Bristol during the limited-overs series against Windies. He was subsequently overlooked during the selection of the squad for the Ashes, which England currently trail 0-2.

    The 26-year-old currently awaits judgement from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) , to whom his case was forwarded by the Avon & Somerset Police for charging advice. Hales, who was also present at the scene of the brawl, will not face any charges but could still face punishment through the board's internal disciplinary process.

    It is understood that the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will convene a meeting soon after police have announced the outcome of advice sought from the CPS on whether to charge Stokes. It will be decided at the point, if Stokes is to be reinstated to the national team and, if possible, for the remainder of the Ashes series.

    "Selectors were given clear guidance to name their strongest squad and have made their selections accordingly," an ECB release stated.

    "Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September."

    Hales, meanwhile, will have a task forging his way back into the playing XI after seeing Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow form a successful alliance at the top of the order in the final two games of the ODI series against Windies that Hales missed due to suspension.

    We've been playing some good one-day cricket and Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy at the top of the order have played well," England coach, Trevor Bayliss, said. "I can't see any changes there personally. The two openers we had did very well and it would be difficult to go against them.

    We could bring Hales back in and drop one of those guys down, but then it would upset someone else. We've got to take a decision now and I just think the best way to go is with the two guys who have taken over."

    The squad also sees a return for Mark Wood, who was not named in England's last ODI assignment in September due to a heel injury. There were murmurs within the camp that senior players including Joe Root, Moeen Ali and Bairstow would be rested for the ODIs but Bayliss intended to hold on to the core in preparation for the 2019 World Cup. The players are thus likely to get their rest during the T20I series.

    History will tell you that the winners of the World Cup have come from the top two ranked teams," Bayliss said. "We want to play well and get ourselves high up that order as we possibly can.

    At the same time, we're still two years away and there might be some younger players, like Craig Overton for example, who comes into the team and does well.

    We'll keep a check on players such as Joe Root and Moeen Ali in this Test series and the one-dayers. Hopefully, if all goes to plan, they'll play these five Test matches and the five one-dayers as well and then we'll look at giving them a break."

    Bayliss also said he was ready for all the scrutiny that Stokes's reinstatement would bring. "That's been discussed - but whenever he comes back it's going to be a bit of a circus for sure. Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say. If it happens, let's just get on with it and take it on the chin."

    The five-match ODI series begins after the culmination of the Ashes, on January 14.
  2. Mayank soni

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    I am glad for mark wood and Billings
  3. CoverDrive

    CoverDrive Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Stokes back in the team does not make sense
  4. Mayank soni

    Mayank soni adjust by face

    Not in test team
    ODI in jan 2018