Ben Stokes during England v New Zealand cricket match

Ben Stokes will stand trial in August over an altercation outside a nightclub

England cricketer Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Crown Court.

Earlier, the CCTV footage of Stokes punching a man had gone viral after which he along with Alex Hales who was also with him during the incident were suspended by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

England's second test against India at Lord's starts on August 9th.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the second Test match of the five-match series against India in August.

"Each of you have an obligation to prepare, before May 22, a document called a defence statement, which will cover in detail what you will say as your defence".

The alleged incident took place hours after Stokes helped England to victory over West Indies in a one-day worldwide in Bristol.

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Ben Stokes is now in New Zealand with the England team.

The charge states that their "conduct was such as would cause a person of reasonable firmness present at the scene to fear for his personal safety".

Fellow defendants Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, appeared in person at the court and also denied the charge. England's second test against India starts August 9 at Lord's in London.

Stokes has only just returned to the worldwide fold, playing all five of England's one-day clashes against New Zealand, after missing the Ashes and the subsequent 50-over showdowns with Australia.

The trial is expected to last up to a week, which means Stokes will not be available for the Lord's Test, which begins on August 9.

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