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Ben Stokes And Alex Hales Dropped By England After Bristol Incident

Ben Stokes And Alex Hales Dropped By England After Bristol Incident

But Andrew Strauss, the team director, is understood to have "lightly pushed" others heading to Australia this winter to withdraw from the weekend's activities, such is the fear at the England and Wales Cricket Board that it could spark more negative publicity in the current climate.

It is followed by a reply in Harvey's accent, "Hello, you c***' after which the cricketer bursts into laughter".

In the clip the sportsman appears to imitate the moment 15-year-old Harvey - who suffers from multiple disabilities including partial sight loss, autism, ADHD and Prader-Willi syndrome - swore live on Loose Women.

"Harvey what do you say when people are being mean?" he asked in a faked accent, staring into the camera.

Police investigating England vice-captain Ben Stokes over allegations of causing actual bodily harm appealed for "two specific witnesses" to contact them regarding the incident which took place early on Monday morning.

"Hello you c***", Stokes adds.

The Sun claims the video was filmed on June 6 in Cardiff after the English cricket team beat New Zealand in the ICC Champions Trophy.

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Katie only became aware of this video this afternoon when it appeared online, but she's very upset by it.

"She's got no idea who Ben Stokes is, and she's never met him, so it's outrageous that he would want to ridicule her son like this".

The ECB said in a statement on Thursday that both Stokes and teammate Alex Hales remained on full pay pending further investigation into the bar brawl.

He was released without charge, but remains under investigation. 'We'll be looking at that but I still think our philosophy of treating players like adults is the right way to go.

And for Roland-Jones, who made his England Test debut this summer and so has been privy to a dressing-room culture that encourages the players to take responsibility for themselves on and off the field, the Stokes incident is a warning of how quickly events can escalate if players are not on their guard at all times.

Stokes was suspended from all British worldwide cricket matches "until further notice" following his arrest over a brawl earlier this week.

Hales was with him at the time of the incident.