England cricketer Ben Stokes arrives at court to face affray trial

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CCTV footage shows England cricketer Ben Stokes mimicking the mannerisms of a gay man shortly before he allegedly knocked out two other men in a fight near a nightclub, a court heard.

Stokes missed quite a lot of England's matches a year ago due to the incident.

All three are on trial and each denies the charge of affray. During the trial, it was proved that he mocked a gay couple, Kai Barry and William O'Connor, outside the club.

They are jointly charged in connection with an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 past year - several hours after England had played a one-day global against the West Indies in the city.

Stokes, Ali and Hale were all involved in threatening and/or using unlawful violence towards each other, it is alleged.

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

Mr Corsellis said this "seemed to enrage Mr Stokes" and he left the nightclub angry after spending 18 minutes trying to get inside.

The three accused all sat together in the dock.

He was reinstated and has since played in the Test series against New Zealand, Pakistan and, on Saturday, starred as England beat India at Edgbaston.

Mr Corsellis added: "This was not a trivial moment of unpleasantness".

"Equally, Mr Ali has worked for the emergency services and Mr Hale has served his country in the armed forces".

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

Stokes and some England teammates, including batsman Alex Hales, arrived at Mbargo nightclub about 11.30pm.

Stokes's left-handed batting also yielded a remarkable Test inning of 258 from just 198 balls against South Africa in Cape Town two years ago.

Bristol Crown Court heard Stokes insulted doorman Andrew Cunningham after he refused to allow the cricketer and England teammate Alex Hales into the Mbargo nightclub because it was after 2am.

When asked what sort of tone Stokes was addressing him in, Mr Cunningham replied: "Quite a spiteful tone, quite an angry tone".

Film student Max Wilson, who lives on the triangle, woke up from the shouting and said he did not believe the initial shove came from either Mr Stokes or Mr Hales, but Stokes was behaving aggressively.

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

"He was still engaging in conversation with Mr Cunningham".

Footage appeared to show Ali raising a bottle and striking at Barry.

Stokes then threw a punch at Ali, with both men falling to the ground.

As the brawl continued, Hales repeatedly tried to get Stokes to stop, the jury was told.

Doctors diagnosed Ali with a fracture to the left of his face, a swollen left eye and a laceration above his eyebrow. He also had a cut and a cracked tooth.

Stokes was arrested at the scene. "That will be a telling factor for the next match", said Trevor Bayliss to The Independent.

He told police in a statement that he felt the need to defend himself as he thought he was going to be attacked.

Trial judge Judge Peter Blair QC, the Recorder of Bristol, had asked 16 potential jurors whether they were "extremely committed" cricket fans following either the England or India teams.

England will resume its second innings at 9 for 1, on the third day of the opening cricket Test against India at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

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