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Stokes set to miss India clash at Lord's

Stokes set to miss India clash at Lord's

England are due to play the first test match of a five-game series against India at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham between 1-5 August, with Mr Stokes's trial due to start a day later. He has been charged with affray for his alleged involvement in the street brawl outside the bar in Bristol in September during the ODI series against Windies.

The trial is expected to last between five and seven days and the trio are now on unconditional bail, allowing Stokes to play for England in New Zealand.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes pleaded not guilty on Monday via video link to a charge of affray over a nightclub incident that forced him out of the Ashes tour.

Dressed casually, Stokes greeted the recorder of Bristol, Judge Peter Blair QC, with a casual: "Hi judge", before being told he would face a trial during the height of the British cricket season.

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Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 previous year. He played all five ODIs during the recent series against New Zealand, contributing well with both bat and ball.

The England side are in Hamilton preparing for a two-day match against a New Zealand XI, which starts on Wednesday.

Stokes and Hales will also face an European Central Bank disciplinary hearing once the criminal proceedings have concluded.

"Each of you have an obligation to prepare, before May 22, a document called a defence statement, which will cover in detail what you will say as your defence".


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