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Ben Stokes will explain Bristol incident when ‘time is right’ – agent | Sport


Ben Stokes will offer a full explanation of the incident in Bristol last month, which could cost the England all-rounder his Ashes place “when the time is right”, his agent said on Thursday.

Stokes was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm following a disturbance outside a nightclub in the city on 25 September. He will not travel to Australia with the rest of the England squad for this winter’s Ashes series as he waits to learn whether he will face criminal charges.

The 26-year-old has not been ruled out of the five-Test series, which starts on 23 November, but the England and Wales Cricket Board will not consider him for selection until further notice as it awaits developments in the ongoing investigation by Avon & Somerset Police.

Neil Fairbrother, Stokes’ agent with International Sports Management, said the Durham player would discuss his version of events in due course, but did not wish to prejudice the investigation.

“Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing,” read a statement from Fairbrother. “I am aware that he has fully co-operated with the police inquiry and voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the incident. He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.

“Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right. On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward. Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.”

Fairbrother added: “He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team-mates and the game of cricket itself which he loves. We will not be making any further comment relating to this at this time.”

Stokes’ contract with sports equipment manufacturer New Balance was terminated on Wednesday. The company’s decision was announced hours after Stokes apologised to Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey after a video emerged of Stokes impersonating the pair.

Stokes, who is also subject to internal disciplinary action, has had his central contract renewed by the ECB since his arrest.



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