Stokes charged with affray over nightclub fight

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By 2018-01-17

England all-rounder Ben Stokes was charged with affray on Monday following an incident outside a nightclub, casting fresh doubt over his international future after he missed the side's ill-fated Ashes tour. Cricket chiefs said they would meet in the next 48 hours to decide if Stokes will be allowed to take part in England's upcoming tour of New Zealand, for which he has already been selected. The confrontation in September in the southwestern city of Bristol reportedly left a man with a fractured eye socket. Stokes, 26, was suspended from international cricket until further notice by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), meaning he missed the Australia tour. "The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon and Somerset Police on 29 November in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre," said a spokesman for England's Crown Prosecution Service.

"Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorized the Police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident."

Stokes and the two other men will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed following the incident in the early hours of 25 September after England had beaten the West Indies in a one-day international in the city.

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