Ben Stokes during England v New Zealand cricket match

Ben Stokes during England v New Zealand cricket match

Ben Stokes during England v New Zealand cricket match

Stokes, 26, on Monday appeared at Bristol Crown Court via video from New Zealand, where he is now representing his country against a series vs New Zealand and pleaded not guilty to any brawl.

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 cricketer will have to attend the trial of court starting from August 6 which is expected to last for five to seven days.

England's first Test against India at Edgbaston is scheduled to take place from the 1st until the 5th of August with the second Test at Lord's set to get underway on August 9.

"You must be here without fail for that trial", the judge told Stokes, Ali and Hale. He played all five ODIs during the recent series against New Zealand, contributing well with both bat and ball.

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The court case relates to an alleged incident outside a nightclub in Bristol during the one-day series against West Indies last September.

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". Without him, England lost to Australia 4-0.

All three deny the charges. This is because his trial date for affray is set for August 6 at Bristol Crown Court.

Stokes has only just returned to the global 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.

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