Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Stokes to miss Lord's Test against India

Stokes to miss Lord's Test against India

The south paw, who made his return to the worldwide line-up in the ongoing one-day series in New Zealand against the hosts is said to have made an appearance in court via video on Monday morning to confirm his identity and issue a non-guilty plea.

The two other men charged - Ryan Hale, 28, and Ryan Ali, 26 - attended in person and also pleaded not guilty. All three defendants deny the charges.

It was around 10.30pm in New Zealand when Stokes appeared by video link.

The trial is set for August 6, which effectively rules the all-rounder out of England's Test match against India three days later. The second Test against India at Lord's is due to begin on Aug 9.

"You must be here without fail for that trial", the judge told Stokes, Ali and Hale.

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Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 previous year - several hours after England had played a one-day global against the West Indies.

Stokes, 26, wearing a grey shirt, said "hi judge" when he was introduced to Judge Peter Blair QC via the video link. "You will remain on bail as before".

Stokes was present in court to issue his not-guilty plea and confirm his identity as his trial preparation hearing got underway in Bristol.

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

Durham's Stokes returned to the England set-up after being released on bail, featuring in the one-day worldwide series in New Zealand that the tourists won 3-2.

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