England set to name Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in squad for Australia ODIs

• Both players expected to be in squad named after second Ashes Test
• Neither has played for England since Stokes was arrested in September

The fallout from the Ben Stokes affair could bleed into England’s plans for the one-day series in Australia after Christmas, with both the all-rounder and Alex Hales looking set for inclusion in the squad this week despite remaining suspended from international duty.

Eoin Morgan’s touring party was due to be announced at the end of the English summer until the arrest of Stokes in Bristol on Monday 25 September. Though the selectors had no choice but to press ahead with the Ashes squad that week, the 50-over side was pushed back. But they will now publish their plans after the conclusion of the second Test in Adelaide and both players are expected to be provisionally included. As in the case of Stokes’s absence from the Ashes series, this does not guarantee both will tour.

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