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Mark Stoneman hopeful of Ben Stokes England return

"I hope there's a way back and it would be great if we could have him in some part on this tour," said Stoneman, 30.

Nov.02 - SportLand: England batsman Mark Stoneman hopes all-rounder Ben Stokes will play a part in the Ashes series in Australia "once things get settled". Stokes, 26, will not be selected until further notice after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after an incident in Bristol in September.

"I hope there's a way back and it would be great if we could have him in some part on this tour," said Stoneman, 30. England's opening tour game against a Waca XI in Perth starts on Saturday.

Stoneman, a former team-mate of Stokes at Durham, told BBC Radio 5 live: "It was pretty devastating the events that unfolded.

"I've seen him since and spoken a couple of times. "I've spent a lot of time with him, especially in the early part of the career. He's a fantastic guy. He's one of the great guys to be around.

"A player of that quality you are going to miss in any environment. It's something that we've accepted, so we have to crack on.

"If he is not available then we'll be putting out an XI that will be going out to win a game of cricket."        

The five-Test series against Australia begins in Brisbane on 23 November, and the one-day series on 14 January 2018.