England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to miss the second Test at Lord’s during India’s tour in August after pleading not guilty to ‘street brawl’ charge.
The trial begins at Bristol Crown Court on August 6 and is expected to last between 5-7 days. The Lord’s Test starts on August 9th.
The charge relates to fighting in public It follows a fight in Bristol during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.
It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. Hales faces no charges. In a statement posted on Twitter last month after he was charged, Stokes said he was “keen to have an opportunity to clear my name”.
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