Otago Daily Times – Ben Stokes will join his England teammates in New Zealand later this week after the cricketer appeared at a magistrates’ court on Tuesday to indicate a plea of not guilty to a charge of affray.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes will join his England teammates in New Zealand later this week after the cricketer appeared at a magistrates’ court on Tuesday to indicate a plea of not guilty to a charge of affray.
  • “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad,” the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement.
  • The ECB said Stokes, who was arrested in September after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, would arrive in New Zealand on Friday to train with his team mates in Hamilton.
  • Stokes, who has not played for England since the incident cost him a place on the Ashes tour of Australia, was cleared for selection by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last month.
  • Tuesday’s court appearance came on the day England played New Zealand in a T20 match in Wellington, their first game in a tri-series also involving Australia.


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