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India vs England: Ben Stokes to rejoin England squad ahead of third Test in Nottingham

Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray in a unanimous decision by a jury in less than three hours of deliberations on Tuesday following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

cricket Updated: Aug 14, 2018 21:16 IST
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England's Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of India's Hardik Pandya.(REUTERS)

Ben Stokes is in line to play in the third Test against India after being recalled to the England squad following his acquittal on a charge of affray in the Bristol Court on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old New Zealand-born all-rounder, who took six wickets in the first Test victory over India but missed the second Test due to the trial, was found not guilty by a unanimous decision by the jury in Bristol after less than three hours of deliberations.

“Ben Stokes will now join the England squad for the third Test against India, which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday,” read the statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

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However, Stokes and team-mate Alex Hales -- who was with him when the brawl took place outside the club in Bristol, southwest England, on September 25 last year but was not charged -- could still face bans.

“Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC),” the ECB added in their statement.

“Considerable detail has been heard in this week-long court case and, in due course, there will be a range of matters for the Board to fully consider.”

First Published: Aug 14, 2018 20:19 IST