Authorities rake over Stokes's Ashes after brawl video emerges

Footage of all-rounder's punch-up casts fresh doubt over his spot in Test squad


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All-rounder for real: In the Sun video, with photos splashed on the front page under the headline 'Hit for Six', Stokes appears to be fighting with two men. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON: England star Ben Stokes's place in the Ashes tour of Australia appeared to be in fresh jeopardy after the Sun newspaper published video footage purporting to show him engaged in a street brawl.

Test vice-captain Stokes was included in England's 16-man squad for the Ashes tour announced earlier Wednesday despite damaging his hand in the incident that led to his arrest in Bristol on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

The 26-year-old was released without charge on Monday, but remains under investigation.

In the Sun video, with photos splashed on the front page under the headline 'Hit for Six', Stokes appears to be fighting with two men.

An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesperson 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."

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