Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol court to face trial in nightclub brawl incident

Ben Stokes’s international career will be placed in suspended animation as the England cricketer appears in a Bristol court on Monday charged with affray.

cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2018 16:27 IST
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England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Magistrates Court, in Bristol.(REUTERS)

England cricketer Ben Stokes arrived at court on Monday, where he will go on trial for affray.

The all-rounder and two other men are jointly charged over a fracas in Bristol on September 25 last year -- several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.

Stokes, 27, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale all denied the charge.

Wearing a blue suit and red tie, Stokes was driven to the city’s Crown Court in a silver people-carrier and walked straight into the building flanked by the media.

Ben Stokes arrives at Bristol Magistrates Court, in Bristol, Great Britain. (REUTERS)

The charge he faces states that their “conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety”.

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

The trial is expected to last between five and seven days in courtroom one.

England cricketer Ben Stokes (R) arrives for the start of his trial at Bristol Crown Court. (AFP)

Stokes missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England. Without him, England lost the Ashes to Australia 4-0.

He has since played in the Test series against New Zealand and Pakistan. He starred on Saturday as England beat India at Edgbaston.

Stokes and the two other men are on bail.

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 16:27 IST