All-rounder Ben Stoke controversies was the only reason which kept him out of the ashes series. England missing his former vice-captain Ben stokes who is now has been included in the 16-man squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia which will begin from 14th of January. Opener Alex Hales has also been named in the squad after he was recently cleared of any wrongdoing in the Bristol incident in September, which led to the arrest of all-rounder cricketer Ben Stokes. Alex Hales and Ben Stokes duo who was suspended indefinitely by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) pending the outcome of a police investigation into Bristol brawl, which allegedly inflicted bodily harm on a man.
However, Stokes returned to competitive cricket last Sunday after New Zealand's domestic side Canterbury signed the all-rounder as their overseas player. England Cricket Board receives a formal confirmation about all-rounder Ben Stokes has either been punished as charged or that he will face no charges, they would assemble within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage. Meanwhile, Kent batsman Sam Billings and Durham seamer Mark Wood are also added to the squad that defeated West Indies in England at the end of the summer. England currently deficiet in the Ashes series 2-0. The first ODI series between England and Australia will be played on January 14.