Stokes charged with affray

English all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray over the alleged brawl which cost him his place in England’s Ashes squad. The all-rounder stands accused of being involved in an altercation outside a Bristol nightclub almost four months ago.

Stokes missed the Ashes while police investigated the alleged incident, with the England & Wales Cricket Board saying he would not be considered for selection until further notice. The 26-year-old was charged with two other men and is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a date to be fixed.

A CPS spokesperson said: “The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon & Somerset Police on 29 November in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre. Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today (Mon 15 Jan) authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.”

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“Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge.”

ECB said in a statement on Monday: “ECB is aware that Ben Stokes has been charged with affray in relation to an incident in Bristol in September. The board will now convene within 48 hours to decide on Ben Stokes’ availability to represent England at this stage. A further announcement will be made in due course.”