Ben Stokes named in England ODI squad to face Australia

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Durham cricketer Ben Stokes is in line to make his England return next month after he and Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales were provisionally selected for the one-day worldwide series against Australia.

Bairstow, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes and Jake Ball are the only members of England's test squad who will stay on for the ODI series.

Bayliss admitted Stokes's potential appearance in Australia could be a distraction for the team. While the charges against Stokes were severe, Hales did not suffer any charges from the officials.

England coach Trevor Bayliss is expecting the selection to cop plenty of attention.

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The first one-day global between England and Australia begins on January 15 in Melbourne.

"Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say".

The England all-rounder, who scored just two and went wicketless on his debut on Sunday, made 34 from 41 balls and again failed to take a scalp as Canterbury fell to a seven-wicket defeat to Auckland.

Stokes is now playing domestic cricket in New Zealand.

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In a media release on Thursday, the ECB said: "Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Ben Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage".

A lot of the pre-Ashes talk was dominated by Ben Stokes and whether or not he'd be eligible for England Down Under. He was joined in the 12-man squad with the five players that did not play in Adelaide, plus six players from England Lions (Ben Duckett, Keaton Jennings, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Liam Livingstone and Mark Wood).

Hales, an opener who has not played any professional cricket since the September nightclub incident, learned this week that he would face no criminal charges, opening the door for his trip to Australia.

Kent batsman Sam Billings and Durham seamer Mark Wood were also included in the squad that defeated West Indies (4-0) earlier this year. After the conclusion of the Ashes, the English side will lock horns with the Aussies in a five match ODI series.

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