Moeen: England can win in Australia without Stokes

Moeen: England can win in Australia without Stokes

Moeen: England can win in Australia without Stokes

Both players were dropped from the England team after footage emerged in which a man resembling Stokes could be seen repeatedly punching another man.

Test vice-captain Stokes has been released by police but remains under investigation after an incident near the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol at about 02:35 BST.

"There is an ongoing police investigation, which will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process".

England fast bowler Toby Roland-Jones claims that the Australian media would be targeting controversial English all-rounder Ben Stokes ahead of the high-octane Ashes series.

Stokes, the England Test vice-captain, and his team-mate Alex Hales were suspended indefinitely by the European Central Bank on Thursday, after video footage emerged via The Sun newspaper that allegedly showed Stokes throwing punches in a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol. For the time being, he has retained his position of vice-captain to Test skipper Joe Root but England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) cricket director Andrew Strauss told an Oval news conference.

Ali, meanwhile, has signed off for the season and will embark for Australia on October 28 at the top of his game.

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Moeen played a vital role in the 2015 Ashes - his lower-order partnerships Stuart Broad, especially at Edgbaston, giving England crucial late runs - but there is a thought that his technique against the short ball will be tested down under with him occasionally having had trouble when batting higher up the order.

England can still win the Ashes even if all-rounder Ben Stokes does not go to Australia, says all-rounder Moeen Ali. However, the Durham all-rounder was included in the squad for the Ashes but his participation in the highly anticipated series down under due to the pending police enquiry and European Central Bank clearance.

"I genuinely can't wait".

Following the controversy, both Hales and Stokes were suspended indefinitely by the European Central Bank.

But sources close to the player said the shirt could have been bought from any sports store, or online, and the image had nothing to do with the player.

Stokes has come under fire after he was caught mocking Harvey on camera. But you get chances to score all the time with the short stuff and I'm going to work hard on that.

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