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BEN STOKES was replaced yesterday by Dawid Malan in England's one-day international squad to face Australia.
Stokes was named in the squad last month, even though he remains unavailable for international selection as he waits to see if he will be charged with causing actual bodily harm following a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub on September 25.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has updated its plans and announced Malan, already in Australia for the Ashes campaign, will remain there — and Stokes will therefore not fly out for a five-match series which starts on January 14.
In a brief statement, the governing body also confirmed Stokes has been granted a no objection certificate to enter the lucrative Indian Premier League auction at the end of this month.
Stokes's situation will become clearer only when the Crown Prosecution Service, which began considering his case at the end of last month, advises police whether to charge him.
Only after the criminal case is concluded will a Cricket Discipline Commission rule on any further penalty for Stokes, who has not represented his country since September 24.
The 26-year-old played a starring role in his maiden campaign for Rising Pune Supergiant last year, after signing a £1.7 million deal.
Malan, meanwhile, is uncapped in ODI cricket but made a fine impression on his Twenty20 debut last summer and has since gone on to establish himself in England's Test team — including with a maiden century in Perth, where Joe Root's tourists nonetheless lost by an innings as Australia regained the Ashes.
They conclude their Ashes campaign in Sydney this week and go into the final match 3-0 down after drawing the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
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