England cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray over street fight


England cricketer Ben Stokes walks out of Bristol Crown Court during a lunch break where he is on trial accused of affray.

The court decision on Stokes is expected this week and the European Central Bank said it would assess his availability once the trial is over.

At the moment that the verdict was delivered, Stokes' wife Clare broke down in tears, then Neil Fairbrother, his agent, did likewise.

Stokes, 27, was accused of knocking unconscious two men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, in a brawl in Bristol, southwest England, last September just hours after he had played in a one-day worldwide against the West Indies. The Rajasthan Royals paid US$1.95 million for Stokes to play in the six-week Twenty20 competition.

Stokes, who was arrested following an incident in Bristol in the early hours of September 25, had been on trial at Bristol Crown Court since August 6.

Stokes, who plays for the England test team, was charged with affray, accused of knocking two men out in a brawl near a nightclub in Bristol, southwest England, last September.

Ali who was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured eye socket said in his evidence he remained in the care of a surgeon and still suffered from double vision.

It is alleged that Stokes was "enraged" after a doorman refused to allow him and teammate Alex Hales back into a nightclub hours after England had beaten the West Indies in a one-day global in Bristol.

The jurors, who will consider their verdicts on Tuesday, have been told the precise start to the violence is unknown but Mr Ali swung a beer bottle at Mr Stokes's team-mate Mr Hales.

However, his lawyer Gordon Cole QC said that was "complete nonsense", the BBC reported.

Recently it was confirmed that he won't be a part of the third Test at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

He has missed seven of England's last 11 tests, a stretch that dates back to the Ashes in Australia.