Shanghai Daily – Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray in court yesterday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes will join the England squad in New Zealand after he pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray in court yesterday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
  • “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates’ Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” said an ECB spokesman.
  • Allrounder Stokes, 26, accused of involvement in an altercation outside a nightclub in the southwestern English city of Bristol that cost him his place on the Ashes tour, pleaded not guilty to the charge of affray.
  • It follows the altercation during the early hours of September 25 last year, several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.
  • In Wellington yesterday, Stokes’ teammates lost to New Zealand by 12 runs in the 4th match of the T20 tri-series, severely denting their hopes of making the final.


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