Stokes provisionally named in England's one-day side

England call us Stokes Hales

England call us Stokes Hales

Former vice-captain Ben Stokes has been included in the 16-man squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia which will begin from January.

Stokes is not now part of England's ongoing Ashes test tour as he waits to discover if he will be charged after his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm during a late-night incident in Bristol, England.

Selectors said in a statement they were advised to name their strongest squad, and picked the pair accordingly. "Both Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are included, though their involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September", they said.

Bayliss admitted Stokes' potential appearance in Australia could be a distraction for the team.

"Whenever he comes back that's going to be a bit of a circus for sure", he told reporters after England lost the second Test in Adelaide on Wednesday. "Whether it's any more of a circus than it's already been, it's hard to say".

The ECB will convene a board meeting within 48 hours once police have announced the outcome of advice sought from the Crown Prosecution Service on whether to charge Stokes.

"I've got absolutely no idea".

Stokes, now playing for Canterbury Kings in New Zealand, and Hales have not been in action for England since 24 September after they were declared unavailable for global selection until further notice. "Still waiting for the police report", said Bayliss when asked if he expected Stokes to play in the Ashes.

Meanwhile, Kent batsman Sam Billings and Durham seamer Mark Wood are also added to the squad that defeated West Indies (4-0) in England at the end of the summer.