Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray over an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September. His case was referred to Bristol Crown Court, with a first hearing set for March 12 that puts in doubt his participation on England’s tour of New Zealand.
Stokes arrived at the Magistrates’ Court in the city shortly before 10am, to be met by a scrum of cameras and reporters. He spoke in court to confirm his name and address. Two other men charged with the same offence, Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali, also entered not-guilty pleas.
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