Ben Stokes’ agent has released a statement after the England star was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm outside a Bristol nightclub.
In light of his arrest, Stokes was suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board and it has been confirmed he will not travel with the rest of the squad to Australia on October 28 as they build-up to the Ashes.
The 26-year-old could still play a part in the series, however, and will ‘make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right’.
Neil Fairbrother of ISM said: ‘Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing.
‘I am aware that he has fully cooperated with the police inquiry and voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the incident. He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.
‘Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the time is right. On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward. Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.
‘He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has on everyone involved including the ECB, his team mates and the game of cricket itself which he loves.
‘We will not be making any further comment relating to this at this time.’