A video that allegedly shows Ben Stokes throwing punches in a street fight has emerged on the day he was selected for England's Ashes squad.

England vice-captain Stokes was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and released without charge on Monday, but remains under investigation.

Coach Trevor Bayliss has described the circumstances which led to Stokes' arrest in Bristol early on Monday as "very unprofessional".

A man said by The Sun to be Stokes is seen to throw 15 punches in one minute at two men, in a video that was published on the newspaper's website.

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The England and Wales Cricket Board said: "We have seen this footage for the first time tonight - when posted by The Sun.

"There is an ongoing Police investigation, which will look at all available evidence, and we do have to respect that process."

Ex-England captain Michael Vaughan did not condone Stokes' behaviour, but asks the question whether the all-rounder might have been trying to stop a random attack.

Vaughan, tweeted: "The Ashes are looking like being lost even before England arrive in Australia".

- AAP/News.com.au