Nasser Hussain

All-rounder Ben Stokes, who was deemed not guilty of affray charges by a Bristol court on Tuesday, has subsequently been added to the England squad for the third Test starting on Saturday in Nottingham. "We're here to concentrate on the cricket and I'm sure that's what he'll want to get back to as soon as possible".

The criminal case led to Stokes missing some of England's biggest matches, including the Ashes tour of Australia and the second Test against India last week.

The England cricketer Alex Hales may have been responsible for injuries caused to a man who was later knocked unconscious by his team-mate Ben Stokes, the all-rounder's defence barrister has claimed.

Kai Barry said that the incident had begun because "someone came across the road and tried to hit me with a bottle".


Barry said: "When I realised who he was I thought, fair play. I can hear myself saying "Move away", he said. Ali was alleged to have used an upturned bottle in the early moments of the fracas, while CCTV footage showed Hale running towards the incident with an iron bar ripped from a traffic sign.

The sportsman was today found not guilty of affray after a brawl outside the Mbargo nightclub in September a year ago. He then offered his hand to Ali, who shook it.

Stokes and others should have twigged that.

Mr Hales tries to grab Stokes, repeatedly begging his teammate to stop, telling him "Stokes, Stokes, that's enough".


"They could decide to attack me at any time if I was to turn my back on either of these two".

Some 200 of their closest friends and family were at the church service to see the happy couple tie the knot, with their children Libby, two, and Layton, four, acting as flower girl and page boy.

Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham, and Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol, each denied a charge of affray.

Mr Ali, who was also charged with affray and acquitted, suffered a fractured eye socket while former soldier Mr Hale, who had been charged but was found not guilty after a direction to the jury from the judge, was left with concussion.


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