Stokes, Hales available for England after disciplinary case

LONDON (AP) — Ben Stokes and Alex Hales remain eligible for selection for England's cricket team after receiving sanctions for bringing the game into disrepute following their involvement in a fight outside a nightclub last year.

Stokes was handed an eight-match England ban, but those games are deemed to have already been served. He was also fined 30,000 pounds ($38,000).

Hales was banned for six matches in white-ball cricket, with two already served and four suspended. He was also fined 17,500 pounds ($22,250), of which 10,000 pounds ($12,700) was suspended.

The England and Wales Cricket Board announced the sanctions on Friday.

The pair was involved in a street brawl outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017, hours after a one-day international against the West Indies. Stokes, one of the world's most high-profile players, denied a charge of affray and was cleared following a seven-day trial at Bristol Crown Court last month. Hales was not charged.


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