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England all-rounder Ben Stokes appeared at Bristol Magistrates this week on a charge of affray.

The incident which took place in Bristol, September last year, after England were playing a 50 over one-day match against the West Indies.

With the first hearing scheduled for March 12 at Bristol Crown Court, Stokes having pleaded not guilty, has been allowed, having argued for it this week, that he can miss the date, so that he can join up with the England squad for the New Zealand tour.

“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,” the ECB said in a statement.

Even though, he has played club cricket in New Zealand this winter, Stokes is facing a busy period in his career, having to re-ignite his form on this tour which include 2 Tests, before heading to India in the spring for lucrative Indian Premier League which starts in April.

England’s hopes of making the T20 Tri-Series final looks all but over as New Zealand beat them by 12 runs.

After a successful 50 over series against Australia, England have failed to win a match so far, with 3 losses in a row in the T20 format.

New Zealand scored 192 in Wellington with Martin Guptill scoring 65 and Kane Williamson 72.

In reply England led by Dawid Malan with 69 and Alex Hales 47 couldn’t get them over the line.

The next match is Sunday in Hamilton.


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