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Hales available for England selection after being exonerated

Hales available for England selection after being exonerated

Hales has been cleared to play again after being cleared of any wrongdoing.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was bowled for just two when he made his debut for Canterbury on Saturday.

Stokes is still waiting to hear if he will be charged by police after being arrested over a late-night fracas in Bristol in September - an incident which saw him suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Both Hales and Stokes have not been considered for global selection since September 25 - although they have remained on full pay - whilst the police investigation is ongoing. He is now playing for Canterbury in New Zealand, but he remains suspended from national duty.

England's Alex Hales plays a shot during the third one day global cricket match played between England and the West Indies at the Brightside Ground in Bristol on September 24, 2017.

"The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) has stayed the internal disciplinary process for both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes until the conclusion of any potential criminal proceedings relating to the incident".

The 26-year-old was just as bad with the ball, finishing with figures of 0-49 from nine overs as Canterbury lost by three wickets and England battled Australia in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Hales has also been granted a no-objection certificate to allow him to play in the inaugural T10 tournament in Dubai between December 21 and 24.