Alex Hales cleared to play for England after Bristol nightclub incident

Ben Stokes was in the Canterbury line-up on Saturday

Hales, who has not played test cricket since previous year, is a key member of the England one-day and Twenty20 teams and is now available for the limited-overs part of the Ashes tour which starts in January.

England play Australia in a five-match limited overs series starting on January 14.

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

Stokes is now unavailable for England selection due to an ongoing investigation into a late-night fracas in Bristol in September.

Ben Stokes did not pick up any wickets against Otago in Rangiora.

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They described him as a hard-working and well-liked member of the department and said he leaves behind a wife and four children. He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and we need the help.

United Kingdom police have finalised their investigation into the fight with prosecutors now deciding whether to charge England's vice-captain.

Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes failed to live up to billing as England's Ashes saviour after he struggled with both bat and ball on his return to cricket with Canterbury in New Zealand's Ford Trophy. He departed having scored just two runs, with his team stranded on eight for three.

Stokes, 26, had been training on his own while England set off to Australia and will stay match-fit by playing for Canterbury in New Zealand, where he was born.

England hierarchy have said they will reassess their status once prosecutors announce whether they will be charged.

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