Ben Stokes should have been banned by ECB for next year; the moral tone of

Since Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were discovered to have participated in a brawl outside a Bristol nightclub there has been an extensive debate about the extinction of the idea of cricket as some sort of metaphor for life. If the moral idea of the game wasn’t dead and buried before Stokes embarked upon thumping people in the street, with Hales as his minor accomplice, it is now, following the findings of the ECB’s independent disciplinary panel on Friday.

Aware, for once, of a bad episode of public relations affecting the sport, the ECB has been careful to make the point repeatedly that the disciplinary panel is independent – in other words, no-one should get the idea that in conducting its inquiry…