England cricketer Ben Stokes faces trial

India captain Virat Kohli warms up with Umesh Yadav ahead of a nets session at Edgbaston

Durham all-rounder Stokes and batsman Mr Hales arrive at the club at 23.31pm in a taxi with other England players after they had played the West Indies in a one-day global in Bristol earlier that day.

The video showed the scene outside the Mbargo nightclub in Bristol city centre in the early hours of September 25 last year where 27-year-old Stokes and England teammate Alex Hales were attempting to gain entry.

Mr Corsellis told the jury that the club's doorman, Andrew Cunningham, observed Mr Stokes's behaviour towards them.

CCTV footage shows Ali and Hale leaving the nightclub at 2.23am and engaging in conversation with Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor.

"It will be interesting to see who can step up and take his place", he said.

"The discussion and behaviour continued but took a turn that caused Mr Cunningham some concern".

The sportsmen had entered the club with the rest of the England cricket team at about 11.30pm on 24 September.

Security camera footage appeared to show Stokes copying hand gestures and flicking a cigarette at O'Connor's head.

"Mr Cunningham said to Mr Stokes, "If you want to start on anyone, start on me".

Mr Adams told the court: "It seems like Ben Stokes making a V-sign towards Mr Cunningham".

When told by him that Stokes had flicked a cigarette at one of the men, he said: "Stokesy - don't do that", Mr Corsellis said.

"He denied mimicking or behaving in a derogatory manner towards Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor, saying that they had engaged in joking with each other and denied flicking a cigarette butt at anyone", Mr Corsellis said.

Stokes offered £60 ($78, 67 euros) and then £300 to be let in, said Cunningham - an offer he refused. "Well beyond acting in self-defense or defense of another", Corsellis said.




"He was clearly frustrated and annoyed".

He said Barry and O'Connor did not appear angry. I told them I would not have a job to go back to in the morning.

Only the defendants know precisely how the fight started and it could have "stopped very quickly", he claimed.

Prosecutors allege that Stokes was not acting in self-defence, but with "revenge, retaliation or punishment in mind".

"He knocked Mr. Hale unconscious and then - after time to pause for thought, to calm - he did exactly the same to Mr. Ali".

The court heard that Ali had worked for the emergency services and Hale served in the armed forces.

"Alex Hales is looking away at this point".

The cricketer is accused of knocking both Hale and Ali out during the fracas.

Stokes shook hands with one of the bouncers and tried to shake hands with Mr Cunningham, but this was refused.

But Jos Buttler did boost England by returning to the field of play after visiting hospital during the lunch interval to have an X-ray on a damaged left middle finger.

India bowled out England for 180 in their second innings on day three to set themselves a 194-run target to win the first cricket Test, here today.

He claimed he saw Ali and Hale speaking to the two gay men in a "harsh and abusive" way that was homophobic in nature.

They had been in there earlier with other members of the England cricket team, who had played the West Indies in a one-day global in Bristol the previous day.

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