Stokes charged with affray

Ben Stokes charged with affray over Bristol nightclub incident and will appear at Magistrates' Court

The charge stems from Stokes' involvement in a street brawl outside Mbargo nightclub in Bristol in September past year.

Stokes, 26, has been accused of affray alongside two other men named as Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.

It follows a fight in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 - several hours after England had played a match in the city.

England cricketer Ben Stokes says he is "keen to have an opportunity to clear my name" after being charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub.

Stokes missed the Ashes series and the England and Wales Cricket Board said he wouldn't be considered for England "until further notice".

Stokes sparked talk of a possible England recall by playing in his native New Zealand for domestic side Canterbury for a month, but has since returned home to be with his wife and young family.

29 November - Avon & Somerset Police complete their investigation and send their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service.

A statement from the CPS today said it received further material in late December.

25 September - Stokes and teammate Alex Hales are involved in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub which left a man needing hospital treatment for injuries.

"They will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court at a date to be confirmed".

It carries a maximum penalty when tried summarily - in the magistrates court - of a fine or up to six months in prison and when tried on indictment - in the crown court - of up to three years in prison. "Until then, my focus is very much on cricket".

He was also selected in the England Test squad to tour New Zealand in March but his involvement depended on legal or disciplinary developments.

"Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage".

There is also the matter of the IPL auction, which is set to take place on January 27-28 and in which Stokes was a year ago picked up as the most expensive overseas signing in the tournament's history.

Stokes will now appear before Bristol Magistrates Court.

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