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Stokes, Hales to miss remainder of ODI series against West Indies

Ben Stokes was arrested on Sunday night
Ben Stokes was arrested on Sunday night

England all-rounder Ben Stokes and opening batsman Alex Hales will miss the final two ODIs against West Indies following an incident in Bristol.

According to the statement released by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Stokes was arrested on Sunday night following the conclusion of the third ODI against the Caribbean team and was held overnight in the custody. He was later released on Monday without any charge.

Meanwhile, Hales has travelled back to Bristol to help the police in their inquiries on the incident. Both the players missed the training sessions on Tuesday and has been released from the squad for the final two games.

"Ben Stokes and Alex Hales will not be available for tomorrow's One-Day International match against West Indies at The Oval," ECB said in a statement.

"Stokes was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning, 25 September, following an incident in Bristol. He was held overnight and released under investigation - without charge - late on Monday and will not join the team in London.

"Hales, who was with Stokes on Sunday night, did not train this morning and has returned voluntarily to Bristol today to help Police with their enquiries.

"You will understand that we cannot offer further detail at this stage but will provide any updates when we can," the statement added.

According to a statement released by Avon and Somerset police, it is reported that the incident took place in the Queens Road and Clifton Triangle area at 2.35am on Monday morning near the Mbargo nightclub when a 27-year-old man suffered facial injuries and was taken to the Bristol Infirmary for treatment.

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