Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray

The verdict in Stokes’s trial is expected tomorrow or Wednesday

"You know that Mr Stokes is a man of national reputation and you heard that Ryan Ali is a man who works for the emergency services", he said.

Stokes, 27, is accused of affray after allegedly hitting two men after a row near a nightclub in Bristol.

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.

On Monday, judge Peter Blair QC told the jury of six men and six women they must strive to reach unanimous verdicts, and only when he directed them could they consider anything less.

Stokes told the jury he felt "under threat" at all times during the incident and said he only stepped in after hearing Ali and Hale shouting homophobic abuse at gay men William O'Connor and Kai Barry.

Ali, 28, was found not guilty of affray while Hale was acquitted of the same charge part way through the trial at Bristol Crown Court. They are said to have walked off with Mr Hale and Ali. Ali is also accused of affray.

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He said Stokes had been consistent that he had acted in self-defence from the moment of his arrest, which happened after a night out with his teammates after England's victory over the West Indies in a one-day match in the city.

He said CCTV footage from just before the fight showed he was "not behaving in a drunk way".

Prosecutors allege that Ali used a bottle during the fight, threatening Mr Hales and delivering a glancing blow to the shoulder of Mr Barry.

Ali suffered a fractured eye socket and Hale was concussed after being punched by Stokes.

Although the trial ends 24 hours before the team is announced for the third Test at Trent Bridge, Stokes is most likely to miss the game as "there is a fear he may be too exhausted to play at Trent Bridge", according to a report in The Telegraph.

Any possible sanction will take into account that Stokes has already missed the Ashes tour as a result of the episode.

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