Watch: Ben Stokes Punching Men In A Street Brawl In Bristol
Ben Stokes’ Ashes hopes are in jeopardy after a shocking video has emerged showing the England ace allegedly throwing punches in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol. Speculations were rife over whether he would make it to the squad after he was arrested following the brawl, but England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) not only named him in the squad but also retained him as the vice-captain of the team.
However, a video posted by English news outlet The Sun has overshadowed Stokes’ participation in the five-Test series Down Under later this year. Stokes was arrested on Monday (September 25) on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. The ace all-rounder was in custody overnight before being released under investigation while inquiries continue. England opener Alex Hales, who was with Stokes during the brawl, returned to Bristol on Tuesday to help police with their investigation.
The video shows men trying to stop Stokes and shouting: “Enough, Stokes.”
The ECB also watched the video for the first time after the news outlet published their report and the board has made it clear that it will respect the police investigation.
“We have seen this footage for the first time tonight – when posted by The Sun,” said an ECB spokesman. “There is an ongoing police investigation that will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process.”
Here is the video clip posted by The Sun:
Meanwhile, Andrew Strauss, ECB director of cricketer, confirmed on Wednesday (September 27) that the allrounder suffered a minor fracture of the little finger during the brawl. The former England skipper also said that the board has no other option but to wait for the police investigation to end.
“All we can do at this moment is deal with what we know,” Strauss had said. “We have no idea how things are going to develop from a police perspective and it would be wrong for us to second guess that in any way. We are judging our Ashes selection on that basis.”
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