Court appearance will keep Ben Stokes out of first England vs India Test in August

  • England cricketer Ben Stokes is scheduled to attempt a court hearing in August regarding his involvement in the Bristol City brawl-incident
  • The court appearance is set to clash with the first England vs India Test taking place in August, and will likely cause Stokes to miss the opener

After missing out on the 2017-2018 Ashes series against Australia, Ben Stokes participation with the England national team in the summer season will be interrupted as the all-rounder is due to appear in the Bristol Court on August 6th, regarding his alleged involvement in a street brawl that occurred in Bristol last September.

England vs India Test starting from 9 August

England are scheduled to take on India at Lords from August 9th but given that the hearing is expected to last 7 days, Stokes will definitely miss the 1st match. The 26-year-old recently made a return to international cricket in the ODI series against New Zealand in New Zealand.

Ben Stokes was suspended from the team following video emerging of him of taking part in the brawl outside a pub in Bristol. However, during the initial hearing, Stokes has claimed that he just trying to protect a couple who were being subjected to homophobic slurs. The English all-rounder was accused with 2 other men, who have also pleaded not guilty to affray.

Stokes had returned to England against New Zealand 

Ben Stokes made a return to the limited overs format in the 2nd ODI against New Zealand in which he scored 62 runs and got himself two wickets also. He is expected to return to the England test team in the 2 match series against New Zealand later in the month.

Speaking after his last match for England, Ben Stokes said, as reported by Cricket Australia,

“Our team are so close that it felt like I’d never been away. I kept in contact with everyone and then coming back into the changing room was really easy. We’ve got a brilliant team and they just made it feel as normal as ever.”

“Personally, there was a bit more emotion than there normally is because that’s where I’ve been working to whilst I’ve been at home, so it was a really good feeling walking off at the end.”

India will travel to England in July for a 2-month summer tour which includes, 3 T20’s, 3 ODI’s and 5 test matches. The 1st England vs India T20 match is scheduled to take place on 3rd July at the Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester.

READ: All you need to know about ICC World Cup Qualifier 2018.

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