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Stokes court date set for affray charge; in brief.

DURHAM cricketer Ben Stokes is to appear in court on the same day he was supposed to make his England return.

Avon and Somerset Police said the all-rounder is due at Bristol Magistrates' Court on February 13 to face the charge of affray, brought following an incident outside a nightclub in September.

But it is the same day he's scheduled to be nearly 12,000 miles away as England play in a T20 match in New Zealand.

The 26-year-old, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for his country, is accused of affray alongside two other men.

The charge follows a fight just hours after England played the West Indies in the city.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday it will still consider Stokes for selection.

Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26 have also been charged.

The charge of affray carries a maximum penalty when tried summarily - in magistrates' court - of a fine or up to six months in prison and when tried on indictment - in the crown court - of up to three years in prison.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Jan 19, 2018
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