Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
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Stokes pleads not guilty, faces August trial

Stokes pleads not guilty, faces August trial

Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray and will go on trial later this year.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the Lord's Test against India after he submitted a not guilty plea to a charge of affray, leading to his trial date being set.

In a plea and case management hearing today Stokes officially pleaded not guilty via a video link from New Zealand where he is now on tour. Stokes formally entered a not guilty plea along with two other men, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26.

England's second Test against India at Lord's starts on 9 August. Stokes could still be a part of the T20I, ODI and the first Test against India, which begin from July 3.

"You will remain on bail as before until August 6".

Stokes missed the five-match Ashes series and was also made unavailable for the one-day internationals against Australia. All three deny the charges. England opener Alex Hales was also there when the brawl happened in which a 27-year old man suffered a fractured eye socket.

Stokes made a return to worldwide cricket during England's One-Day global series in New Zealand which the visitors won 3-2 on Saturday.

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

He will, however, be able to play for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League in April and May.

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