Joe Clarke and Tom Kohler-Cadmore stood down from Lions tour after WhatsApp sex revelations

That case was finally closed in December when the Cricket Discipline Commission imposed fines and suspended sentences on both Stokes and his team-mate, Alex Hales – who received further punishment after inappropriate images were widely circulated on social media in the wake of the original incident.

Speaking at Lord’s last week in his unveiling as the ECB’s new director of England cricket, Ashley Giles warned that he would be taking a hard line on player discipline during his tenure, as England build towards a seismic summer featuring a home World Cup and an Ashes series, in which England’s squads can expect to be under intense scrutiny.

Giles’ first move has come quickly, with England Lions due to fly out to India at the weekend for a five-match 50-over series against India A, starting on January 23, before two unofficial Tests in February.

The two players had been named in both the 50-over and first-class squads, and are considered to be two of the most promising up-and-coming talents in the country.

Clarke, 22, left Worcestershire for Nottinghamshire at the end of the summer, while Kohler-Cadmore, 24, left for Yorkshire midway through 2017.

The incident also resulted in the departure of Worcestershire’s former head coach, Steve Rhodes, who was sacked in January last year, and relieved of his duties as England’s Under-19 coach, after it emerged that he had delayed reporting Hepburn’s arrest to the club.

It is the second high-profile suspension this week involving cricketers and their off-field actions, after the India duo, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, were sent home from the tour of Australia pending an enquiry into controversial comments they made during a chat show.