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Ben Stokes pleads not guilty in Bristol Brawl

Ben Stokes arrives for his hearing in Bristol case. (image source: BBC.co.uk via Ben Birchall)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who had the court date scheduled for today for his brawl in Bristol last year in September has pleaded not guilty. The 26-year-old all-rounder of England is facing charges for his fight outside a nightclub in Bristol.

Ben Stokes arrived in court along with Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, when they were involved in the fight in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year. The incident occurred several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city. All due to this brawl in Bristol, Ben Stokes is out from England’s national team since September.

Ben Stokes arrives for his hearing in Bristol case. (image source: BBC.co.uk via Ben Birchall)

It was said that a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the infamous incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. The brawl has already taken a toll on Ben Stokes international career as he is out from the national team since September. His absence was massively felt in recently concluded Ashes series which England lost 4-0.

Ben Stokes was also included in England’s limited overs team for the ODI series against Australia and also for the tri T20I series, but the hearing date of 13th February has halted his inclusion in the team. ECB had also made it clear that Ben Stokes will play against the upcoming ODI series against New Zealand in March.

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