Hales cleared by police, available for England selection

Hales has been cleared by police of any charges relating to the brawl in Bristol

The England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that Alex Hales is available for selection after it was confirmed that police will not be charging the batsman over a recent bar brawl.

Both Hales and Stokes have not been considered for global selection since September 25 - although they have remained on full pay - whilst the police investigation is ongoing.

Hales has also been cleared by the European Central Bank to play in the inaugural T10 competition in Dubai, a new competition with 10 overs per side.

England's Alex Hales plays a shot during the third one day global cricket match played between England and the West Indies at the Brightside Ground in Bristol on September 24, 2017. Doing anything else would have risked potentially prejudicing the outcome of the ongoing police investigation.

In his first match since being arrested in September on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm, Stokes was bowled seventh ball for just two runs before returning figures of 0-49 off nine overs.

England could name suspended duo Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in their squad for the looming one-day series in Australia.

The sight of Stokes boarding a plane Down Under last week led to murmurings that he was on his way to Australia with a view to being fast-tracked into the England side for the third Test in Perth. The ECB also granted Stokes a NOC to enable him to play in New Zealand's domestic competition.