England cricketer Ben Stokes to stand trial during India series

Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2018

The England all-rounder is now on tour in New Zealand and appeared via video link on Monday morning.

Fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present.

The all-rounder, who is part of the touring English team, and two other men pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray - the equivalent of fighting in a public place under New Zealand law - during a short hearing at Bristol Crown Court, Britain's Press Association reports.

England allrounder Ben Stokes is set to miss this summer's second Test match against India after pleading not guilty to affray in the ongoing case related to a Bristol nightclub scuffle in September, which means that the matter will be tried by a jury.

Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 a year ago. "You will remain on bail as before". India are set to tour England for five Tests, three ODIs and as many T20Is.

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Ben Stokes is now in New Zealand with the England team.

Whitaker has been an England selector for the past 10 years, while he has fulfilled the role of National Selector since 2013, where he has overseen four Ashes series wins.

Stokes, of Castle Eden, Durham, Ali and Hale, both of Bristol, will stand trial on 6 August.

Stokes has only just returned to the worldwide fold, playing all five of England's one-day clashes against New Zealand, after missing the Ashes and the subsequent 50-over showdowns with Australia. The first match of the series will commence on August 1 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

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