Stokes awaits verdict as jury retire

BRISTOL, United Kingdom, August 14 (INP) – The jury retired to consider its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of England cricket star all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Stokes and Ryan Ali, both 27, are being tried for affray over a brawl that erupted in Bristol, southwest England, in the early hours of September 25 last year.

Stokes’s career has been on hold during the trial — meaning he missed England’s second Test victory over India at Lord’s — and he was omitted form the squad for the third Test which gets underway next Saturday.

A brief statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they would review Stokes’s position following the conclusion of the trial.

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