Three England cricketers punished for behaviour, Ben Stokes won't fly with team

Last updated 05:42 07/10/2017
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Jonny Bairstow was one of three England players disciplined for off-field misbehaviour in the wake of Ben Stokes late-night fight suspension.

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Three more England cricketers were punished on Friday (Saturday NZ Time) for off-field misbehaviour, a week after Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were suspended from national-team duty following an incident on a night out.

Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball and Liam Plunkett each accepted a written warning and were handed an undisclosed fine, the England and Wales Cricket Board said, following an investigation into their "unprofessional conduct" during the recent ODI series against the West Indies.

The investigation was unrelated to that involving Stokes and Hales, who have been suspended on full pay and are the subject of a separate disciplinary hearing.

Stokes was arrested after video footage purportedly showed England's test vice-captain throwing punches in a street fight. Hales was out with Stokes that night and both are under investigation.

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As it stands, Stokes will not travel with England for the upcoming tour of Australia despite being selected in the squad. England's players fly out on October 28 and the tour starts November 4.

"No final decision has been taken on his involvement in Australia," England said on Friday (Saturday NZT) about Stokes.

To cover for the potential absence of Stokes, England added fast bowler Steven Finn to its 16-man test squad for the Ashes series.

Stokes and Hales did have their central contracts renewed, however.

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