Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray


The said incident happened in September which allegedly left a 27-year-old injured - a fractured eye socket.

Stokes previously appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court last month alongside Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26 where all three indicated a plea of not guilty.

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.

"Each of you have an obligation to prepare, before May 22, a document called a defence statement, which will cover in detail what you will say as your defence".

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Upon being charged Stokes was immediately named in the team's for the visit to New Zealand prompting criticism from the media for the England Cricket Board's handling of the incident.

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.

Stokes was present in court to issue his not-guilty plea and confirm his identity as his trial preparation hearing got underway in Bristol. The second Test against India starts on August 9. This is because his trial date for affray is set for August 6 at Bristol Crown Court.

As a result of the charge, Mr Stokes missed the Ashes series, which hosts Australia won 4-0, although he was allowed to play some domestic matches in New Zealand.