Ben Stokes appears in crown court via video link from New Zealand

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Stokes, Ali and Hale are jointly charged with affray in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 previous year - several hours after England had played a one-day global against the West Indies.

Stokes, 26, pleaded not guilty to the charges without being present at the Bristol Crown Court and put across his message through a video link from New Zealand, where he is playing for England.

Stokes, 26, was charged along with two other men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, after an alleged altercation in the early hours of the morning which led to one man sustaining a fractured eye socket.

According to ESPNcricinfo, all three defendants were told they "must be here for your trial".

The maximum penalty for the offence is three years in prison.

As a result of the charge, Mr Stokes missed the Ashes series, which hosts Australia won 4-0, although he was allowed to play some domestic matches in New Zealand.

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The England man entered a plea of not guilty as did his co-accused in the case.

England's first Test against India at Edgbaston is scheduled to take place from the 1st until the 5th of August with the second Test at Lord's set to get underway on August 9.

The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Blair QC said the trial for Stokes, Ali and Hale will start on August 6 and will last between five and seven days.

Ben Stokes is now in New Zealand with the England team.

The trial is expected to last up to a week, which means Stokes will not be available for the Lord's Test against India.

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