Police have renewed their appeal for two men to come forward who they feel may have key information relating to the arrest of England Test vice-captain Ben Stokes.
Stokes was arrested by Avon and Somerset Police last month on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, hours after England’s one-day international victory over West Indies.
The 26-year-old, who suffered a fractured hand during the exchange, was released without charge but remains under police investigation.
“We’re renewing our appeal to trace two men we believe could be key witnesses to a disorder in Bristol in the early hours of Monday 25 September,” read a police statement.
“A 27-year-old man suffered minor facial injuries in the incident. The men we hope to talk to left Mbargo nightclub on Triangle West at 2.19am and walked in the direction of Queens Road with two other men.”
Stokes has been included in England’s squad for the Ashes this winter, although the England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that he will not travel to Australia while investigations are ongoing.
England fly to Australia on 28 October, while the first Test in Brisbane starts on 23 November.
Last week Stokes apologised for imitating television personality Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey in video footage which emerged after the incident in Bristol but was unrelated. Within hours sportswear brand New Balance ended their sponsorship of Stokes.
Stokes’s agent Neil Fairbrother, meanwhile, has said the Durham all-rounder has his “total backing” after hearing his explanation of events.
Former Lancashire and England batsman Fairbrother has also said that Stokes will make public his full explanation of the incident in due course, but for now does not wish to prejudice the legal process.
Stokes’s international team-mate Alex Hales, who was also present at Mbargo nightclub, remains suspended from international duty. Hales, who was not named in England’s Ashes party, returned to Bristol voluntarily to help police with their enquiries.