Ben Stokes added to England squad for third Test

Elena Summers
August 14, 2018

England cricket star Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray after an alcohol-fuelled brawl outside a nightclub previous year.

New Zealand-born Stokes said in his testimony last Friday he had a "significant memory blackout" but he was "absolutely not" an angry man who had lost all control. He also insisted he had to intervene as Ali, who was left with a broken eye socket and Hale were mocking the two openly gay men.

During the trial, Stokes was alleged to have lied to the jury, mimicked and bullied two men on account of their homosexuality and acted like a football hooligan.

"Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC]".

The 27-year-old is facing a trial for his involvement in a Bristol nightclub brawl, which took place last year in September.

As the verdicts were delivered at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (Tuesday night NZ Time), Stokes closed his eyes and then looked up.

It has not gone unnoticed by the European Central Bank that both men were out late at night - the incident occurred after 2.30am - with two games left to play in the series and that Stokes was alleged to have been "really very drunk" by the prosecution.

Stokes still faces European Central Bank disciplinary proceedings but, after the jury came back with their verdicts having deliberated for just three hours, the Durham all-rounder is hoping to make cricket has main focus.

Ali then delivered a glancing blow to the shoulder of Kai Barry, a gay man who was out with friend William O'Connor in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol in the early hours of September 25 past year.

Stokes was cleared on Tuesday at Bristol Crown Court following an incident that took place outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

Stokes said he could not remember flicking his cigarette butt towards the gay men or directing a V-sign at Mr Cunningham.

Mr Barry added: "I thought he (Stokes) was just a normal lad, sticking up for someone who was obviously weaker than he was, which was quite nice".

Ali, who is an emergency services worker, had drunk six or seven Jack Daniels and Cokes during his night out with former soldier Hale.

"I didn't know, they could be carrying more weapons on them".

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