Ben Stokes affray trial

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Stokes was added to England's squad for the third Test against India after being found not guilty of affray.

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Both Stokes and another man, Ryan Ali, from Bristol, have been found not guilty of affray.

Ben Stokes trial: CPS 'respects jury's decision'

Following the acquittal of cricketer Ben Stokes for affray, the Crown Prosecution gave the following statement: "We respect the jury’s decision".

A decision to charge this case was made following detailed consideration of the evidence and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.The function of the Crown Prosecution Service is not to decide whether a person is guilty of a criminal offence, but to make fair, independent and objective assessments about whether it is appropriate to present charges for a jury to consider.

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Ben Stokes trial: Cricket fans pleased with verdicts

Arthur Davis and Javen Rahiman

Outside court, two cricket fans from Bristol - who were part of the crowd awaiting the outcome - said they were pleased with the verdicts.

Arthur Davis, 30, said: "He's a great player although not in form and maybe this will change that.

"I'd imagine it's been quite stressful but then after the weekend we might not need him."

And Javen Rahiman, 26, said: "I'm pretty pleased but it's not the best example he's setting, especially as the evening of the fight was after such a good victory.

"I hope it's a kick up the backside for him and he can focus more on the game now with no distractions."

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has confirmed that Ben Stokes will play this Saturday.