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Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham, and Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol, each denied a charge of affray.

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 himself, who had been calm in the dock, allowed himself to shut his eyes for a moment but didn't break into a smile.

Student Max Wilson said Stokes, Hales and the other men involved in the fight were behaving like football hooligans.

"It is for the prosecution & defence as to what evidence is presented to the jury", said Blair.

Having taken six wickets in the first Test against India, Stokes missed the second match at Lord's while he faced trial. But that could also depend on whether ECB's Cricket Disciplinary Commission decide to award cricket-related punishments to Stokes, and Alex Hales who was also involved in the incident past year. It has not gone unnoticed by the European Central Bank that both men were out late at night - the incident occurred after 2.30am - with two games left to play in the series and that Stokes was alleged to have been "really very drunk" by the prosecution.

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After being charged with affray, Stokes missed the Ashes series over the winter which Australia won 4-0.

Stokes is accused of knocking Ali to the floor, with fellow cricketer Hales then apparently kicking his head and stamping on him as he lay on the ground.

During the trial, Stokes was alleged to have lied to the jury, mimicked and bullied two men on account of their homosexuality and acted like a football hooligan.

Stokes - who was with England team-mate Alex Hales - said he intervened because 28-year-old Ali and his friend Ryan Hale - who had been acquitted earlier in the trial - had directed alleged homophobic abuse at gay men William O'Connor and Kai Barry as they walked away from Mbargo nightclub.

CCTV footage shows Ali waving a bottle towards Mr Hales before delivering a glancing blow to the shoulder of Mr Barry.


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