Stokes and Hales fined but available for England | Sunday Observer

Stokes and Hales fined but available for England

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been fined by the Cricket Discipline Commission following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September 2017. However both remain available for immediate selection for England through backdated (Stokes) and suspended (Hales) match bans.

The disciplinary panel, which is independent of the England and Wales Cricket Board, charged both players with two breaches of ECB directive 3.3. In separate hearings, both admitted to the charges handed down to them. Stokes was handed a fine of GBP 30,000 and a ban for eight matches, which he has already served after missing the final two one-day internationals of the 2017 summer, the Ashes (five Tests) and the five-match ODI series against Australia that followed. He was also unavailable for the first two matches in the Trans-Tasman T20I series with Australia and New Zealand in February.