Fox Sports Australia – Stokes was charged by prosecutors back in January following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year.
- MUM’S BIG GAMBLE PAYS OFF FOR NT GUNGiven the trial is expected to last between five to seven days, Stokes, a dynamic middle-order batsman and lively seamer who is also one of England’s best fielders, could well miss the second Test of a five-match series that starts at Lord’s on August 9.
- But Joe Root, England’s Test captain, had no doubt about Stokes being in the right frame of mind to play at Edgbaston despite a looming court appearance.
- Root was speaking after both he and Stokes played in the England side that beat India by eight wickets in the third one-day international at Headingley on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 series win.
- Star batsman Root scored exactly 100 not out on his Yorkshire home ground, his second successive century after his unbeaten 113 during England’s 86-run series-levelling win at Lord’s.
- His latest hundred saw Root become England’s outright most prolific century-maker in ODI cricket, with 13 hundreds from 110 innings at this level, surpassing by one the record he had shared previously with Marcus Trescothick.