Ben Stokes hearing: All-rounder admits to memory blackout

Aug 11, 2018, 08:50 IST | AFP

Stokes and Ryan Ali, both 27, are being tried for affray over a brawl that erupted in Bristol, southwest England, in the early hours of September 25 last year

Ben Stokes hearing: All-rounder admits to memory blackout
Ben Stokes

England cricketer Ben Stokes agreed he had a "significant memory blackout" over a street brawl but told a court yesterday he was "absolutely not" an angry man who had lost all control.

Stokes and Ryan Ali, both 27, are being tried for affray over a brawl that erupted in Bristol, southwest England, in the early hours of September 25 last year. The cricketer faced cross-examination from prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis on the fifth day of the trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Ben Stokes is an English international cricketer and former vice-captain of the England Test team. Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Stokes moved to northern England at the age of 12, where he learnt the game and began playing club cricket for local teams. He is an all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace and bats left-handed.

An attacking middle-order batsman, he holds the record for England's fastest ever Test double-century, the fastest ever Test match 250, and the highest ever score for a Test batsman batting at six. He also holds the record for the most runs scored by an individual batsman in the morning session of a Test match. Stokes became the highest paid overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League in 2017, fetching a record contract of Rs.145 million (£1.7 million).

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