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England cricketer Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray charges

England cricketer Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to affray following an alleged street brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol of September last year.

The 26-year-old missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England and could now miss England’s second Test against India at Lord’s, with his trial set to begin on August 6.

Stokes pleaded not guilty to the charges via a video link from New Zealand this morning.

His co-accused, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, also pleaded not guilty on the grounds of “self-defence and defence of another”.

The trio were placed on unconditional bail during the previous court appearance, with their trial now expected to start on August 6.

The trial is expected to last between five and seven days, putting him in doubt for the Test against India at Edgbaston.

The fight allegedly unfolded  in the early hours of 25 September last year – just hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.

It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present.

The charge of affray is made under the Public Order Act 1986 and effectively relates to fighting in public.

England’s Ben Stokes, Alex Hales and Joe Root celebrate taking a wicked against India in 2016

The Durham all-rounder appeared in court last month over the charges and must now wait until August to find out his fate.

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