Ben Stokes To Rejoin England Squad For Third Test Against India


England cricket player Ben Stokes and his wife Clare Ratcliffe arrive at Bristol Crown Court, in Bristol, Britain, August 10, 2018.

The England and Wales Cricket board confirmed they they make an assessment of Stokes's availability after the conclusion of the trial in Bristol.

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

He said he had not been drunk but admitted he could not remember what the had been said.

Stokes had told the jury he felt "under threat" at all times during the incident and said he only stepped in after hearing Ali and Mr Hale shouting homophobic abuse at gay men William O'Connor and Kai Barry.

"Ben Stokes will now join the England squad for the third Specsavers Test against India, which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday".

The jury heard that Stokes had been in the nightclub earlier in the evening and had tried to return after it had stopped allowing entry, offering the doorman a bribe, but had been refused entry.

Student Max Wilson said Stokes, Hales and the other men involved in the fight were behaving like football hooligans.

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He said that deciding to use a bottle as a weapon would be a "difficult decision for me to take".

He described his co-accused as "aggressive and violent" towards himself, Mr Hales, Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor and denied he had "overexaggerated the exchange" in order to "justify his own violent behaviour".

Barry continued: "I'd say thank you, definitely, thank you for being there".

As the jury of six men and six women returned its verdict, Stokes staggered forward in the dock, and puffed out his cheeks as the foreman delivered his not guilty verdict.

Hales, who was interviewed under caution but never arrested in relation to the incident, was seen on the CCTV stamping and kicking Ali in the head as he lay on the floor.

Ryan Ali, who was also charged with affray, has also been acquitted.

Ali, an emergency services worker, suffered a fractured eye socket, while Mr Hale, a former soldier, was left with concussion after both were punched by the cricketer in the brawl.