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Ben Stokes rejoins England squad after acquittal | Cricket Bats | England

Ben Stokes has been added to England’s 13-man squad for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, which gets underway on Saturday, after being found not guilty of affray at Bristol Crown Court. Stokes, who missed the Lord’s Test due to his appearance in court, played a key role in England’s victory in the […]

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Ben Stokes found not guilty of affray | Cricket | Cricket Bats | England

Ben Stokes at Bristol Crown Court © Getty Images Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray. Stokes, who was arrested following an incident in Bristol in the early hours of September 25, had been on trial at Bristol Crown Court since August 6. His co-defendant, Ryan Ali, […]

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Jury set to consider verdict as Ben Stokes awaits fate | Cricket Bats | England

The jury in the trial of Ben Stokes will retire to consider their verdict on Tuesday morning. Stokes, who is being tried alongside Ryan Ali, denies a charge of affray following an incident that took place in the early hours of September 25. The charge carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail and […]

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James Anderson ‘could play until he is 40’ – Trevor Bayliss | Cricket Bats | England

  James Anderson could keep on bowling at his best in Test cricket until he is 40, according to England’s head coach Trevor Bayliss, in the wake of Anderson’s starring role in the second Test win over India at Lord’s on Sunday. Anderson, 36, cemented his place at the top of the ICC World Rankings […]

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England leave door open for Ben Stokes recall | Cricket Bats | England

The ECB has left the door open to a recall for Ben Stokes for the third Test against India at Nottingham this week, pending the outcome of his trial for affray. Stokes missed the second Test at Lord’s this week due to his appearance at Bristol Crown Court, and was omitted from an unchanged 13-man […]

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Alex Hales’ involvement in nightclub brawl comes under scrutiny in closing statements | Cricket Bats | England

The jury in the Ben Stokes trial has been asked to consider the possibility that Alex Hales inflicted the most serious of the injuries outlined in the incident. The court has heard previously that Ryan Ali, who is standing trial for affray alongside Stokes, sustained a broken eye-socket in the fight in the early hours […]

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James Anderson reaches England’s highest bowling ranking in 38 years | Cricket Bats | England

James Anderson has become the first England bowler since Ian Botham in 1980 to break through the 900-point mark in the world rankings, following his match figures of 9 for 43 against India at Lord’s. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli has conceded the top batting ranking a week after his outstanding performance at Edgbaston lifted him above […]

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Lees seeks Durham revival as Yorkshire regret what might have been | Cricket | Cricket Bats | England

Alex Lees pulled into the leg side © Getty Images Alex Lees, once hailed as one of the most exciting young batsman in the country, will attempt to revitalise a fading career with Durham. Lees leaves Yorkshire immediately on a loan until the end of the season […]

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Week One: How the Ben Stokes trial unfolded | Cricket Bats | England

Day one The trial of Ben Stokes, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale – all three charged with affray which they denied – began with jurors being told the England allrounder acted “well beyond self-defence or the defence of others” when knocking two men unconscious outside Mbargo nightclub in Bristol in the early hours of September […]

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Joe Root cautions against complacency despite India’s disarray | Cricket Bats | England

England may be 2-0 up in the series after a resounding victory over India. They may have dominated the entire Indian batting line-up apart from Virat Kohli. Not to mention there is a chance Kohli may not be at full strength for Trent Bridge after battling back stiffness at Lord’s. And yet… Joe Root isn’t […]

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