England keep faith with NZ-born Ben Stokes for Ashes after arrest

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Ben Stokes has been named in the England Ashes Test squad and remains vice- captain despite his arrest outside a nightclub in Bristol.

The 26-year-old allrounder remains under investigation on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. He was released without charge after an incident early on Monday morning in Bristol but inquiries were ongoing.

Stokes, who was born in Christchurch before leaving New Zealand as a teen, has been included in England's 16-man squad which is scheduled to leave on October 28 for Australia.

Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton, 23, Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, 24, and Mason Crane are also in the squad as debutants, James Vince is recalled and Tom Westley misses out.

Hampshire leggie Crane, 20, is selected as one of two specialist spinners alongside Moeen Ali.

Batsmen Vince and Gary Ballance are recalled despite their previous unconvincing performances in England's fragile middle order.

Vince returns to the squad for the first time since last August and Ballance is back after suffering a fractured finger in July in the second Test against South Africa.

There are no places for batsmen Tom Westley and Alex Hales and bowlers Mark Wood and the injured Toby Roland-Jones.

ENGLAND 16-MAN ASHES SQUAD:
Joe Root (capt), Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, Dawid Malan, Gary Ballance, James Vince, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jake Ball, Mason Crane, Craig Overton.

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