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England cricketer Ben Stokes faces trial accused of affray

Media playback is unsupported on your device England cricketer Ben Stokes is to go on trial after being accused of fighting outside a Bristol nightclub in September. The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder is charged with affray after a man allegedly suffered a broken eye socket. Mr Stokes, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from England duties, is accused jointly with two others. Ryan Hale, 26, and 28-year-old Ryan Aslam Ali, both from Bristol, will face trial on the same charge. Mr Stokes was granted unconditional bail after appearing at Bristol…

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Ben Stokes delight at England recall despite receiving affray charge for Bristol nightclub incident

Ben Stokes says he is “extremely delighted” to be back in the frame for England selection. The England and Wales Cricket Board announced earlier on Wednesday that the all-rounder is due to rejoin the team in February for the T20s in New Zealand. Stokes was charged on Monday by the Crown Prosecution Service over an incident in Bristol in September last year but, having been unavailable since his initial arrest, he can now resume his international career. The 26-year-old wrote on Twitter: “Representing my country is one of the greatest…

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England's Ben Stokes 'keen to clear his name' after being charged with affray

Ben Stokes has said he is keen to clear his name after being charged with affray. The Crown Prosecution Service announced on Monday the England all-rounder had been charged following a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in September. Two other men have also been charged in relation to the matter and they will appear at a magistrates’ court in due course. Stokes, who missed England’s Ashes series in Australia over the winter following the incident, wrote on Twitter: “I want to thank all those who have continued to support me…

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Ben Stokes: England cricketer charged with affray

England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub. The disturbance in September left a man with a fractured eye socket and police sent their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November. Stokes missed the Ashes series, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying he would not be considered for England “until further notice”. The 26-year-old has been charged along with two other men. A statement from the CPS said it received further material in late December. “Following a…

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