Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray in night club brawl

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However, Stokes and team-mate Alex Hales - who was with him when the brawl took place outside the club in Bristol, southwest England, on September 25 past year but was not charged - could still face bans.

The criminal case led to Stokes missing some of England's biggest matches, including the Ashes tour of Australia and the second Test against India last week.

The England and Wales Cricket board confirmed they they make an assessment of Stokes's availability after the conclusion of the trial in Bristol.

The ECB will shortly convene a Cricket Discipline Commission, which will consider whether Stokes or Alex Hales, who was also present during the incident, should face any sanction.

"We knew that they were prepared to use weapons that could do serious injury and I feared they could have other weapons with them".

"I would have to perceive a significant threat to do that".

Mr Ali delivered a glancing blow to the shoulder of Mr Barry.

Barry continued: "I'd say thank you, definitely, thank you for being there". England did not miss Stokes much as his replacement Chris Woakes starred with both bat and ball.

Stokes said he would have had a bottle of beer after the match, two or three pints at the hotel, five or six vodka and lemonades and then "potentially had some Jagerbombs" in Mbargo.

When asked if he had become "enraged" at any point during the incident, Stokes replied that it was a "difficult question to answer".

Mr Hales, who was interviewed under caution but never arrested in relation to the incident, was seen on the CCTV stamping and kicking Ali in the head as he lay on the floor. He told police: "Because he was abusing my two friends for being gay".

Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham, and Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol, each denied a charge of affray.

Ali suffered a fractured eye socket and Hale was concussed after being punched by Stokes.

Judge Blair told jurors they must consider the defendants' good character describing Mr Stokes as a "man of national reputation" and Ryan Ali as working for the emergency services.

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