ENGLAND cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub.
The Durham all-rounder, 26, missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England following allegations that he was involved in a fight in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol.
The fracas, early on September 25 last year, took place several hours after England played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.
It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffer a fractured eye socket.
Stokes, charged along with two others, will appear at Bristol magistrates’ court on a date to be fixed, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
It continued: ‘Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.’
Stokes tweeted: ‘I want to thank all those who have continued to support me in relation to the Bristol incident, not least my family, friends, fans and teammates.
‘I am keen to have the opportunity to clear my name but, on advice, the appropriate time to do this is when the case comes to trial.’
Without Stokes, England lost the Ashes to Australia in a 4-0 defeat.