BREAKING NEWS: Stokes & Hales charged with bringing game into disrepute

England internationals Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute.

The independent Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) confirmed on Tuesday that the players had been charged with two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3 for their parts in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

They will face individual CDC Disciplinary Panel hearings on December 5 and 7.

However, the date of the hearing means that all-rounder Stokes will, as it stands, be able to join England on their tour of Sri Lanka.

England take on Sri Lanka in five ODIs and a Twenty20 match, for which both Hales and Stokes will likely be selected, and three Tests, in which the latter should form a pivotal part of the XI. The Test series runs until November 27.

Stokes was charged with affray following the incident in Bristol, where Hales was also present, several hours after England's ODI against West Indies in the city.

The 27-year-old missed the third Test with India to face trial, but was found not guilty by a unanimous 12-person jury verdict. He returned to help England complete a 4-1 series win.



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