THE England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed it has seen The Sun’s footage of Ben Stokes getting into a fight – and now face the tough decision over what to do next.
Stokes has gotten himself into hot water with cricket’s governing body after we published a video of him fighting two men in the street.
The 26-year-old could be banned for matches, including England’s last two ODI matches with the West Indies at the Oval and the Rose Bowl.
Now the ECB said it was first made aware of the footage after we published it last night.
A statement said: “We have seen this footage for the first time tonight – when posted by The Sun.
“There is an ongoing police investigation, which will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process.”
Stokes has been named in England’s Ashes squad and has retained his status as Joe Root’s vice captain – for now – with a police investigation currently ongoing.
Strauss stressed that, although no disciplinary action has yet been taken, Stokes and several other members of the squad will be quizzed in ECB’s own investigation.
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Mindful of the uncertainty of the situation, but before having seen The Sun’s video, Strauss said: “All we can do is deal with what we know and what we are in control of.
“We have no idea how things will pan out, and it would be wrong for us to second-guess that in any way.
“There is a disciplinary protocol in place as part of (the players’) condition of employment – we need to follow that.
“They may be subject to disciplinary proceedings, including Ben.”
In the 61-second video clip, Stokes is seen to hit out and grapple with another man on the ground before seeming to throw a punch and fall to the pavement himself.
As the altercation continues, Stokes then throws another punch in the middle of the street and the person struck falls to the ground.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said that “the video is awful”, writing on Twitter: “What a complete and utter F Up ……”
Former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss comments on the incident involving Ben Stokes and Alex Hales