England need to be strong and drop Stokes now

The day after England announce their squad for an Ashes tour, it is always nice to see cricket grabbing the headlines – but unfortunately for England cricket, thanks to Ben Stokes it is for all the wrong reasons.

English cricket bosses the ECB revealed on Monday that an incident had occurred in Bristol which saw Stokes arrested and he hurt his hand.

Then the squad announcement came and everyone was moving on, unfortunately footage has now come out of the incident which sees an almost brutal attack in the street by Stokes.

If this was a normal/everyday person that had done what Stokes is seen to do in this video, he or she would be heading for prison – a fate which could still be the end result for the England cricketer.

There is no doubt the talent of the Durham all-rounder, England would be hugely weakened without him – but will England cricket take a thug likes Stokes on the tour?

Well, yes they might – but should they? The answer is no.

I am not saying banish Stokes forever, not at all – but in the same way he has played himself to the top of the game, his actions now mean his position on the Ashes squad is untenable.

If Stokes – as vice-captain – has any decency about him, which we have seen from the video that he doesn’t – he would withdraw from the squad.

The likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pieterson were vilified for more trivial matters – England have a decision to make, and we all know what that needs to be.

Ben Stokes should not be playing for England in Australia.

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