England all-rounder Ben Stokes charged with affray after Bristol nightclub fight
England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray following an incident outside a nightclub, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
The 26-year-old Durham all-rounder - who missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England after the incident - is accused of affray alongside two other men.
It follows a fight in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of September 25 - several hours after England had played a match in the city.
It is alleged a 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, in which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was present.
The Crown Prosecution Service said Stokes would be appearing at Bristol Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed.
"The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon and Somerset Police on November 29 2017 in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre," a CPS spokesman said.
"Further material was subsequently received 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.
"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."