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Stokes not going for Ashes, confirms European Central Bank

29 November 2017

Speculation about Stokes' intentions arose when he was reportedly spotted at London's Heathrow Airport with his cricket gear, with photos spreading quickly on social media.

The Durham player is still suspended from playing by the European Central Bank pending a police investigation after he was involved in a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol in September.

Stokes moved from New Zealand to England as a child so his father Gerard, a former rugby league global, could take a coaching role.

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Canterbury coach Gary Stead said Stokes' possible involvement or not in the Ashes "hasn't been discussed whatsoever".

The ECB chose to ban Stokes from representing his country while he is under police investigation for the street fight in Bristol, which took place more than two months ago.

He said: "We've got a Canterbury Cricket board meeting tonight, so it will be discussed there".

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Stokes and Alex Hales, who was also involved in the Bristol incident, have been suspended from England selection until further notice. A report in the Telegraph newspaper said Christchurch-born Stokes hoped to play for Canterbury province during his stay.

He was released by police while the investigation continues. "He is not on his way to the Ashes, England Lions or any other official training camps with the England set-up." the statement read. "His travel arrangements have not been arranged by the European Central Bank", a statement read.

But Press Association Sport understands that the England and Wales Cricket Board has a contingency in place should Avon & Somerset Police clear the 26-year-old.

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England missed Stokes' allround abilities as they went down by 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane with the second game of the series scheduled to start in Adelaide on Saturday.

Stokes not going for Ashes, confirms European Central Bank