Stokes set to miss India clash at Lord's

Liam Livingstone

England declared Stokes available again after he pleaded not guilty at Bristol Magistrates Court last month and he flew to New Zealand to join the squad after the court hearing.

The trial itself is expected to last between five and seven days.

Stokes, 26, had been in the team which played the West Indies in Bristol for a one-day worldwide on September 24 past year.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the Lord's Test against India after he submitted a not guilty plea to a charge of affray, leading to his trial date being set.

Stokes missed the Ashes tour after being suspended from playing for England.

The other two men - Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26 - also entered not guilty pleas.

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The powerful all-rounder, now with the England squad in New Zealand, looks set to miss the second Test against India at Lord's, with his trial set for August 6.

The Durham all-rounder will be absent from the Second Test against India at Lord's, which begins on August 9.

He has since returned to action with England and played in all five ODIs as they secured a 3-2 series win, claiming the man-of-the-match awards in the second ODI in the process.

The said incident happened in September which allegedly left a 27-year-old injured - a fractured eye socket.

Mr Stokes is accused jointly with Ryan Hale and Ryan Aslam Ali.

The defendants were also warned that if they failed to show up, a warrant would be issued for their arrest. They were also strongly advised to provide defence statements, setting out in detail their case, by May 22.