England cricketer Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes (AFP Photo)

Allrounder Ben Stokes will face an England cricket disciplinary hearing on December 5 after being cleared of affray charges by a jury at Bristol Crown Court last month. Stokes and England teammate Alex Hales were involved in a brawl outside a Bristol club which left two men unconscious.

After a footage of the incident emerged, Stokes lost his place as England vice-captain and missed the Ashes tour of Australia last month. Later, after putting up a match-winning performance at Edgbaston against India, he missed the following Test on account of his hearing for affray.

Stokes and Hales will face the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) disciplinary commission during a two-day hearing, according to a report in The Telegraph.

The duo will face charges of bringing the game into disrepute and could expect lengthy bans should the committee find them guilty of the same. The dates of the hearing have been scheduled between England’s tour of Sri Lanka and West Indies.

In an international career that began in 2011, Stokes has featured in 45 Test matches, 70 ODIs and 22 T20Is. He was a key member of the Durham team that lifted the County Championship in 2013 and was subsequently selected for the Ashes tour of Australia, during which he scored his maiden Test century in a 0-5 whitewash [2013-14].

Among the highlights of his Test career have been match-winning innings of 92 and 101 in a Lord’s victory over New Zealand, an epic 258 from 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town and 6/36 in an Ashes-clinching victory at Trent Bridge in 2015.