England press ahead with Ashes squad announcement despite Stokes arrest

England are determined to press ahead with their Ashes squad announcement despite the arrest of Test vice-captain Ben Stokes in Bristol on Monday morning.

England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss spelled out at The Oval that the squad will be named as planned on Wednesday morning and that: "The selectors have been instructed to select (it) based on form and fitness,"

On that basis, the involvement of key all-rounder Stokes - arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and released under investigation - can still be taken as read.

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