Ben Stokes had an altercation outside a pub in September last year which led to his suspension © Getty Images
Ben Stokes had an altercation outside a pub in September last year which led to his suspension © Getty Images

After pleading not guilty to his charge of affray, Ben Stokes is set to join England in New Zealand for the remainder of the Trans-Tasman tri-series. Stokes, who was left out of England’s Ashes squad, appeared in a court in Bristol on Tuesday after he had an altercation outside a pub on September 25. It resulted in the stranger getting injured severely. Though Stokes’ England teammate Alex Hales was alleged to be present during the incident, he was spared.

ECB released a statement on Tuesday saying: “Having entered his plea at Bristol Magistrates Court today, Ben Stokes will now travel to New Zealand to join the England squad. He departs tomorrow, Wednesday 14 February, and will arrive on Friday 16 February, ready to train with England team mates in Hamilton.

“Any decision to include him in upcoming matches will be made by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and the England management team. He is not currently being considered for the ongoing International T20 Tri-Series.

“ECB fully respects his right to defend himself in court and any obligations he has within the legal process will always take precedence over England commitments.

“It has been confirmed that he will not be required to return to the UK for the first hearing at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 12 March.”

England have struggled in the tri-series without Stokes. So far they have failed to register a single win in their first 3 T20Is.