Ben Stokes could miss England’s third Test against India at Trent Bridge

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Ben Stokes risks missing England


Ben Stokes risks missing England’s third Test against India if his trial for affray drags on.

England already know they must do without their talisman – who sealed a thrilling win over Virat Kohli’s men at Edgbaston on Saturday – for the second Test which begins at Lord’s on Thursday.

And there is now an element of uncertainty over whether Stokes will be back in time to take his place in the team at Trent Bridge a week on Saturday.

Ben Stokes risks missing England's third Test against India if his trial for affray drags on

Ben Stokes risks missing England’s third Test against India if his trial for affray drags on

Judge Peter Blair QC told the jury at Bristol Crown Court on Monday that they should expect to be in court until the ‘beginning to middle of next week’.

England will do everything they can to have Stokes in the side for the third Test, but they will need him in Nottingham no later than a week on Thursday, so he has two days training with the squad.

They will now have to rely on the unpredictable speed of the justice system, and Monday’s proceedings suggest it may not run as quickly as some had hoped.

England will do everything they can to have Stokes ready to play in the Test at Trent Bridge

England will do everything they can to have Stokes ready to play in the Test at Trent Bridge

England will do everything they can to have Stokes ready to play in the Test at Trent Bridge

The prosecution had intended to start presenting evidence but, due to a lengthy legal argument and extensive CCTV footage being shown, only the opening statement was completed.

In stark contrast to his match-winning heroics at Edgbaston, Stokes cut a solemn figure in the dock alongside his co-defendants, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27.

The prosecution’s opening included allegations that Stokes had left Ali and Hale unconscious, called a nightclub doorman a ‘c***’ and mocked two gay men in a ‘derogatory’ way during a fracas outside a Bristol nightclub last September.

Prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis described Stokes as a man ‘of promise’, telling the jury he is a ‘professional cricket player who has reached the top of his profession and represented his country’.

Stokes will be a huge miss for England as they take on India at Lord's in the second Test

Stokes will be a huge miss for England as they take on India at Lord's in the second Test

Stokes will be a huge miss for England as they take on India at Lord’s in the second Test

Yet he reminded the jury that the ‘past success, fame or good deeds’ of the defendants did not absolve them of their duty to obey the law.

Stokes had arrived in a silver minicab wearing a blue suit and red tie, flanked by his wife Clare and agent Neil Fairbrother, the former England batsman. His support team also included Chris Haynes, head of communications at the ECB.

Stokes’s participation in the third Test will be considered crucial, given how he steered England to victory on Saturday. A stunning spell of bowling saw him take four wickets for 40, including the all-important wicket of Kohli.

On Tuesday, his trial is expected to resume with evidence from the doorman of Mbargo nightclub.

 Stokes played in England's first Test in the series against India at Edgbaston last week

 Stokes played in England's first Test in the series against India at Edgbaston last week

 Stokes played in England’s first Test in the series against India at Edgbaston last week

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