Police seek witnesses to Ben Stokes 'fight'

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   Ben Stokes has been suspended from England cricket pending an investigation into an incident in Bristol

Days after his arrest over assault outside the a bar in Bristol, Stokes' drunk video mocking actress and model Katie Price's differently-abled son Harvey has been doing the rounds on social media.

The 26-year-old was released without charge on Monday, but remains under investigation.

England Squad: Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Jake Ball, Craig Overton, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes. "He's one of the main players we have and it would be great to have him out there but we'll see what happens".

"If he's not there then we're going to have to play well without him so I definitely feel that we can still win".

Hales, who last played Test cricket over a year ago, was not included in the Ashes squad.

Former Australian captain Allan Border too echoed Chappell sentiments and believes the series will lack intensity if England miss the services of Stokes.

England would clearly be a weaker team in Stokes's absence but Moeen, the man of the series for the one-day internationals against West Indies, responded positively when asked about the chances of retaining the Ashes in the wake of last week's incident outside a nightclub in Bristol.

'Not only does it fiercely upset and hurt me and family, Harvey is very fortunate to not understand but I do and I will do everything in my power to make sure these trolling bullies get punished, ' the mum-of-five said at the time.

He said: "I think I'll give myself two weeks to prepare and come back and get a bit fitter". I'm going to have to change a couple of things.

Stokes was suspended from all British worldwide cricket matches "until further notice" following his arrest over a brawl earlier this week.

Meanwhile, there were recalls for middle-order batsmen James Vince and Gary Ballance despite the pair's struggles during their previous Test stints.

"It's right up - it's probably in the top two (in my career), I would have thought", said Bayliss. "Genuinely I can't wait. I am very excited about it". It's something that when you're a young county player you're always thinking you'd love to be on that sort of tour.

"Katie has made it her mission to speak out against this sort of behaviour", the friend said and added, "She says, "No joke about Harvey will ever be amusing to me".

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