BEN Stokes has been named in the England Ashes Test squad despite his arrest on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm.

The 26-year-old all-rounder remains under investigation after being released without charge following an incident in Bristol early on Monday morning.

But Stokes has been included in a 16-man squad which is scheduled to head to Australia on October 28.

He will also remain England's vice-captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed.

Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, 24, has been included for the first time as well as 23-year-old Somerset fast bowler Craig Overton.

A third uncapped player, 20-year-old Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane, is selected as one of two specialist spinners alongside Moeen Ali.

Batsmen James Vince and Gary Ballance are recalled despite their previous unconvincing performances in England's fragile middle order.

Hampshire's Vince returns to the squad for the first time since last August and Ballance, of Yorkshire, is back after suffering a fractured finger in the second Test against South Africa in July.

There are no places for batsmen Tom Westley and Alex Hales and bowlers Mark Wood and Toby Roland-Jones.

England's 16-man squad for the Ashes series in Australia:

Joe Root, captain (Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Stoneman (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).