England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to miss the Lord’s Test against India later this year with his trial date for affray set on August 6.
The 26-year-old, who is currently on the New Zealand tour with the national side, appeared in court via video link this morning and pled not guilty as his trial got underway at the Bristol Crown Court.
The trial of Ben Stokes, Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali will start at Bristol Crown Court on August 6. It is expected to last between five and seven days. It means Stokes will miss the Lord’s Test against India.
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Stokes missed the Ashes down under after being suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for being involved in an alleged incident outside a nightclub in Bristol in the early hours of September 25. The all-rounder returned to national duty during the ODI series against New Zealand early this month.
Stokes stands accused of affray, alongside two other men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale. The trio appeared in court in February, where all three defendants suggested not guilty pleas for the charges.
The trial is expected to last between five and seven days, commencing three days prior to England’s second Test against India. Apart from the that, the all-rounder is likely to have the all-clear to play the remaining fixtures against Virat Kohli’s side and also play the Indian Premier League (IPL) prior to that.