England cricketer Ben Stokes pleads not guilty to affray

Ben Stokes set to miss Lord's Test with India on account of trial date

Ben Stokes to miss Lord's Test against India after pleading not guilty to charges of affray

The August trial is expected to last between five and seven days, also putting him in doubt for the test test at Edgbaston.

The Bristol incident and the legal process that followed kept Stokes out of England's Ashes tour of Australia but he returned to the team last month for the one-day worldwide series against New Zealand.

England cricketer Ben Stokes will stand trial in August, during a test series against India, after pleading not guilty over an altercation outside a nightclub.

Stokes has already missed the Ashes, having been charged along with two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale - following an incident in Bristol in September, when he was arrested during a night out after the one-day worldwide against West Indies.

The two other defendants, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, appeared in person at the court.

Stokes was allowed to appear via video stream in his trial preparation hearing in Bristol on Monday as he is on tour in New Zealand with England.

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Video of the alleged incident surfaced on tabloid newspapers websites soon after with Stokes maintaining his silence as the investigation moved forward. The second Test against India starts on August 9.

A 27-year-old man is alleged to have suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident.

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

He is set to resume his Test career next week in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland and following the second and final match of that series in Christchurch, Stokes will head to India to play for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

The defendants were also warned that if they failed to show up, a warrant would be issued for their arrest. The judge ordered all three men to provide defence statements by May 22.

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