England cricketer Ben Stokes to stand trial during India series

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Addressing Bristol Crown Court via video link from New Zealand, Stokes said, "Hi judge", when he was introduced remotely to Judge Peter Blair during a 15-minute hearing. Head Coach Trevor Bayliss was impressed with Anderson's impact in the Ashes series and is happy to retain him for that position for the New Zealand Test series as well.

"I enjoyed that last day [in Sydney], I know I can play it down a bit and say I didn't like it but that responsibility I like - it's the same as taking the new ball". It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident where fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present.

Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are also standing trial for affray over the incident at the same time as Stokes.

Stokes played all five matches of the recent 3-2 one-day series win over New Zealand in what was his global comeback, having been missing from the England squad owing to his arrest in Bristol on 25 September.

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Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray and will go on trial later this year. The trial is set for August 6 and is expected to continue till five to seven days, ruling the English all-rounder for the second Test against India at Lord's on August 9. All three defendants deny the charges. "You will remain on bail as before".

England allrounder Ben Stokes, who will return to the longest format of cricket in the two-Test series against New Zealand from next Thursday in Auckland, will not take up the vice-captaincy role for the team.

He was then named in the England squad for the ODI series against New Zealand, which England recently won 3-2.

He scored a total of 141 runs in the series and took five wickets making him one of England's top-performing stars.

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