Ben Stokes cleared of affray outside Bristol nightclub

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However, Stokes' availability for the Test does not necessarily mean that he will face no further sanction for his involvement in the brawl outside Mbargo nightclub on the morning of September 25.

Stokes said he was acting in self-defence, or in the defence of others, when he punched the two best friends hours after England played the West Indies in a one-day global in the city.

England cricketer Ben Stokes walks out of Bristol Crown Court during a lunch break where he is on trial accused of affray.

Ryan Ali, who was also charged with affray, has also been acquitted.

Ben Stokes will miss the third England vs India Test too due to the ongoing trial as England, on Monday named an unchanged 13-man squad for the upcoming game.

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England cricket player Ben Stokes has been found not guilty for his role in a street fight.

Stokes stuck to his version of the events that unfolded, and reiterated that he threw punches at Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale in an act of self-defence.

Stokes still faces European Central Bank disciplinary proceedings but, after the jury came back with their verdicts having deliberated for just three hours, the Durham all-rounder is hoping to make cricket has main focus.

As the verdicts were delivered at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (Tuesday night NZ Time), Stokes closed his eyes and then looked up.

O'Connor said they were thankful for Stokes' actions "because Kai could have been left with a scar".

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Hales, who was interviewed under caution but never arrested in relation to the incident, was seen on the CCTV stamping and kicking Ali in the head as he lay on the floor.

"There is no place for guessing or speculating".

Ben Stokes of England celebrates. He then offered his hand to Ali, who shook it.

Ali, who is an emergency services worker, had drunk six or seven Jack Daniels and Cokes during his night out with former soldier Hale. "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".

A bouncer had claimed that he witnessed Stokes mock Mr O'Connor and Mr Barry, but they later told ITV News that they were grateful to Stokes for his intervention.

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