Ben Stokes denies affray charge during 15-minute court hearing

Doug Mendoza
March 13, 2018

The co-accused, 28-year-old Ryan Ali and 26-year-old Ryan Hale, also entered not-guilty pleas on the grounds of "self-defence and defence of another".

The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Blair QC said the trial for Stokes, Ali and Hale will start on August 6 and will last between five and seven days.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the Lord' Test against India as he is set to face a trial in Bristol.

The alleged incident took place outside Mbargo nightclub in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol, where England had earlier played a one-day worldwide against West Indies.

The charge states that their "conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety". "You will remain on bail as before".

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He joined the team in New Zealand after earlier in the summer turning out for Canterbury in the domestic one-day competition.

The judge ordered the three defendants to provide defence statements by May 22.

England declared him available once more after he indicated a plea of not guilty at Bristol Magistrates' Court in February.

Stokes has recently returned to action for England after missing the Ashes and subsequent ODI series in Australia as well as the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-series. The first of five Tests starts in Birmingham on August 1. Ben Stokes will miss the second Test which will begin on August 9 as he will be in the middle of the court hearig in Bristol regarding the street brawl.

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