England cricketer Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to affray at Bristol Crown Court.
The 26-year-old appeared via video link from New Zealander to put in his plea alongside the two different defendants.
Stokes missed the Ashes series after being suspended by the England cricket team, but had been welcomed back into the fold for the current ODI against New Zealand.
The trial is set for August 6, and that effectively rules the all-rounder from England’s Test match against India three times later.
Stokes was included with a street brawl in Bristol after a night out on September 25 of last year.
Even the co-accused, 28-year-old Ryan Ali along with 26-year-old Ryan Hale, also entered not-guilty pleas to the grounds of ‘self-defence and defence of another’.
The trial is expected to last between five and seven days along with the trio are currently on unconditional bond, allowing Stokes to play for England in New Zealand.
The alleged incident happened in the early hours of September 25, only a couple of hours later Stokes was representing England from the West Indies.
A 27-year-old man is alleged to have suffered a fractured eye socket through the brawl and fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was likewise present.
Batsman Hales had not been charged with any offence and had his ECB suspension lifted in December.