Ben Stokes dealing with arrest saga ‘extremely well’ as England prepare to defend the Ashes

Ben Stokes dealing with arrest saga 'extremely well' as England prepare for Ashes defence
Ben Stokes was suspended by the ECB following his arrest in Bristol (Picture: Getty)

England one-day star Jason Roy insists Ben Stokes has dealt with the fall-out from his arrest in Bristol ‘extremely well’.

Test vice-captain Stokes, 26, was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a nightclub in late September and was subsequently suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

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While he is yet to be charged, Stokes has been unable to travel to Australia with his team-mates as he awaits to discover the verdict from Avon and Somerset Police, who renewed their appeal for information earlier in the month.

Stokes was with England batsman Alex Hales when the alleged incident took place and neither have spoken publically since, although both attended Roy’s wedding in France last month.

‘They are fine,’ Roy told ESPNcricinfo when asked about the England duo. ‘It was obviously an unfortunate event, an unfortunate period, but they came to my wedding, all bearing smiles and everything was all good.

Ben Stokes dealing with arrest saga 'extremely well' as England prepare for Ashes defence
Stokes with England head coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root (Picture: Getty)

‘Obviously it’s something we wish didn’t happen, but it did. They’ve actually dealt with it extremely well.’

England played two more one-day games against West Indies after the news of Stokes’ arrest broke and Roy praised the team for the way in which they handled the added attention.

‘The team wasn’t that focused given the events that happened, but as with most sports, you have to come in and take your opportunities,’ Surrey opener Roy said.

Ashes schedule – the key dates

First Test: November 23-27 (Brisbane)

Second Test: December 2-6 (Adelaide)

Third Test: December 14-18 (Perth)

Fourth Test: December 25-29 (Melbourne)

Fifth Test: January 3-7 (Sydney)

‘You have to blank out all the stuff that’s happening in the media, all the stuff that people are saying to you about what’s happened in previous games, and just crack on with the next delivery.’

In Stokes’ absence, Craig Overton is expected to step in for his international debut in the Ashes opener in Brisbane next week.

Ben Stokes dealing with arrest saga 'extremely well' as England prepare for Ashes defence
Stokes and Alex Hales attended Jason Roy’s wedding last month (Picture: Getty)

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‘Craig is ahead because we have a guy recuperating from injury,’ England bowling consultant Shane Bond told BBC Sport on Wednesday. ‘Jake is a little bit behind and Craig has come out and performed well.

‘He’s building well and he’ll certainly be ready for the Test match. He offers something different. He’s not as quick, but he does get significant bounce.’

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