England cricketer charged with affray after Bristol nightclub
The 26-year-old and Taylor Decker Youth jersey two men from Bristol Authentic Russell Bodine Jersey are due to appear before magistrates at a future date.Police investigated the incident and sent their findings to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in November.
Stokes missed the Ashes series, with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) saying he would not be considered for England "until Elfrid Payton Jersey further notice".After being charged, he said: "I am keen to have the opportunity to clear my name."
A statement from the CPS said it received further material in late December."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," it said.
"Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge."The ECB says it will convene within 48 hours to decide on Stokes' availability to represent England.
Affray is a triable either-way charge, which means the case can ultimately be heard in either the magistrates' court or the crown court.
The Durham all-rounder returned to the UK to spend Christmas with his family and has been given permission to take part in the Indian Premier League, which starts in April.He was initially named in England's squad for the Ashes but did not travel to Australia for the series, which the hosts won 4-0.
Despite the ECB's reluctance to pick Stokes while the CPS decided whether to charge him, he was also included in the one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia but again missed out.He was also named in the England Test squad to tour New Zealand in March, although any potential involvement remained subject to legal or disciplinary developments.