New Delhi: Ben Stokes’ chances of making it to the England squad seems unlikely as of now. Reportedly, the former England vice-captain will be withdrawn from the squad for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) series against Australia. Dawid Malan will likely to replace the all-rounder. Also Read - Ben Stokes Named Wisden's Leading Men's Cricketer in World; Ellyse Perry Bags Women's Honours
The all-rounder remains in limbo due to the delay on a decision on whether or not he’ll be charged in the Bristol incident in September, which led to his arrest for allegedly inflicting bodily harm on a man. Also Read - On This Day: West Indies Secure Second World T20 Win After Carlos Brathwaite's 6, 6, 6, 6
Stokes was earlier named in the five-match series ODI squad by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), citing his selection was dependent on the outcome of the police investigation, which has now been delayed, reports ESPNcricinfo. Also Read - Shane Warne Calls Michael Vaughan Greatest England Captain, Excludes Himself From All-Time Best Ashes XI
The Bristol incident, which also involved Alex Hales who was later cleared of any wrongdoing, led to the replacement of Stokes in the last two ODIs against West Indies at the end of the English summer, and the ongoing Ashes in Australia.
The case also led to the suspension of the pair indefinitely by the ECB.
However, Stokes returned to competitive cricket last Sunday after New Zealand’s domestic side Canterbury signed the all-rounder as their overseas player.
(With ANI inputs)