Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Ben Stokes set to miss Lord's Test against India

Ben Stokes set to miss Lord's Test against India

England player Ben Stokes looks on in the nets during an England training session.

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.

Even the hearing of Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali, the men with whom Stokes will involved in an altercation, will take place at the same time.

The trial is set for August 6 and is expected to continue till five to seven days, ruling the English all-rounder for the second Test against India at Lord's on August 9. The first of five Tests starts in Birmingham on August 1. "You will remain on bail as before".

Due to this incident, Stokes was not considered for The Ashes in Australia and also consequently missed out the ODI series against them.

Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 past year. The trio appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court last month, where the clerk read out the charges and all three defendants indicated not guilty pleas.

Fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present. Hales faced no charges.

The England side are in Hamilton preparing for a two-day match against a New Zealand XI, which starts on Wednesday.

Stokes has only just returned to the worldwide fold, playing all five of England's one-day clashes against New Zealand, after missing the Ashes and the subsequent 50-over showdowns with Australia.

Stokes is due to play in the Indian Premier League after being sold for Dollars 1.9 million to the Rajasthan Royals.

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