The trial of England cricketer Ben Stokes will start at Bristol Crown Court on August 6th and as it is expected to last between five and seven days, it means the Durham all-rounder will miss the Lord’s Test against India later this summer.

Stokes has pleaded not guilty to the charge of affray and will be in court in early August for his trial to make his case.

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Stokes was arrested in the early hours of the morning back in September after an incident near a night club in Bristol, and as a result, he missed England’s Ashes tour in Australia, although he recently joined up with the ODI squad in New Zealand, where he helped them achieve a 3-2 series victory.

The 26-year-old, who was the England Test vice-captain before this incident, should be available to play in the First Test match against India at Edgbaston but is likely to miss the Second Test at Lords, which starts on August 9th.