Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Stokes to miss India Test after trial date set

Stokes to miss India Test after trial date set

A trial date of August 6 was set, with proceedings expected to last between five and seven days, which means Stokes will miss the second Test against India at Lord's which begins on August 9.

England cricketer Ben Stokes has appeared in court via video link from New Zealand to face an affray charge.

Stokes, 26, missed the Ashes series during the winter after being arrested while on a night out in Bristol last September.

The Durham all-rounder will be absent from the Second Test against India at Lord's, which begins on August 9.

Stokes missed the Ashes against Australia previous year but his suspension was lifted in time for a tour of New Zealand.

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Stokes is being represented by Mr Gordon Cole, Hale is being defended by Michael Hall and Ali by Giles Nelson.

The two other men charged - Ryan Hale, 28, and Ryan Ali, 26 - attended in person and also pleaded not guilty.

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

Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 a year ago.

England declared Stokes available once more only after he pleaded not guilty at Bristol Magistrates Court in February.

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Stokes missed the five-match Ashes series and was also made unavailable for the one-day internationals against Australia.

Stokes had claimed to both the police and to the European Central Bank in their internal investigation that he was coming to the aid of two men who had been subjected to homophobic abuse prior to the incident.

Stokes and Hales will also face an European Central Bank disciplinary hearing once the criminal proceedings have concluded. He is back playing for England in New Zealand, where he is now preparing for the two Test series, and is due to go to the IPL in April before the summer series against Pakistan and India.

Stokes is due to play in the Indian Premier League after being sold for $1.9 million to the Rajasthan Royals.

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