London - Ben Stokes is waiting until "the time is right" before explaining the
violent incident that cost him his place in England's Ashes squad, his
agent said on Thursday.
The talismanic all-rounder, 26, was arrested on suspicion of actual
bodily harm after an altercation outside a nightclub in Bristol,
southwest England on September 25.
He has been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and his
agent, Neil Fairbrother, said Stokes would not discuss the incident out
of respect for the police's ongoing investigation.
"Ben explained to me the full circumstances of what happened in
Bristol and I told him that he has my total support and backing,"
Fairbrother said in a statement.
"I am aware that he has fully co-operated with the police inquiry and
voluntarily provided a detailed statement on the same day as the
incident. He will continue to assist the police in any way he can.
"Ben will also make public his full explanation and evidence when the
time is right. On legal advice, that is not possible whilst the
investigation continues and no charges have been brought forward.
"Ben does not wish to prejudice the process.
"He is also concerned about the impact the widespread publicity has
on everyone involved including the ECB, his team-mates and the game of
cricket itself, which he loves.
"We will not be making any further comment relating to this at this time."
Stokes will not travel to Australia with the rest of the England
squad on October 28 as he is waiting to discover if he will face
The Durham player's contract with kit manufacturer New Balance was terminated on Wednesday.
New Balance said it "does not condone behaviour ... that does not match our brand culture and values".
Stokes has also issued a statement apologising for a video in which
he appeared to mock the disabled son of British model and television
personality Katie Price.