Stokes will issue statement

Suspended England allrounder Ben Stokes’s agent has indicated that the player will issue a statement about the events that lead to his arrest last month.

That statement will however only be released once the police complete their investigation into an alleged street brawl outside of a Bristol night spot.

England ODI opener Alex Hales was with Stokes on the night and has also been suspended.

Stokes will not fly to Australia with the rest of the squad for the Ashes with the ECB set to make a decision on his participation after the matter has run its legal course.

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Stokes’ agent Neil Fairbrother said: “Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing.

“I am aware that he has fully cooperated with the police inquiry and voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the incident.

“He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.

“Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right.

“On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward.

“Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.

“He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team-mates and the game of cricket itself which he loves.”

The first Ashes Test starts on 23 November in Brisbane.