Cricket: Ben Stokes fined over Bristol brawl, free to face West Indies

  • 08/12/2018
England cricketer Ben Stokes.
England cricketer Ben Stokes. Photo credit: AAP

The England and Wales Cricket Board has fined all-rounder Ben Stokes and batsman Alex Hales following last year's brawl outside a Bristol bar.   

Stokes pleaded guilty to two charges brought against him, one of bringing the game into disrepute in relation to the altercation and a second for an inappropriate video, in which he performed an impression of the disabled son of glamour model Katie Price.   

The 27-year-old, who was cleared in court of affray last August, was also handed an eight-month suspension.   

However, as he was banned for the Ashes in Australia last year and the subsequent one-day series, he is free to play against the West Indies in January.   

Stokes was also fined STG30,000 (NZ$55,700) and warned about his future conduct and has vowed to never allow himself to be drawn into a similar situation in the future   

"The criminal charges and, subsequently, the disciplinary charges have made it difficult to make a public comment about the issues," Stokes said in a statement.   

"I have already apologised to my teammates, coaches and support staff for the consequences of my actions in Bristol.   

"I regret that the incident ever happened and I apologise to England supporters and the public for bringing the game into disrepute. I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported me through this process.   

"Cricket and family are my life.   

"This incident has been a huge burden for the last 15 months. I am relieved to get back to playing the game that I love without this hanging over me.   

"Although the disciplinary process is now over, I have learned lessons that will stay with me for much longer."   

Hales was also charged with circulating "inappropriate images".   

He was fined STG17,500 (NZ$31,500) fine, with STG10,000 (NZ$17,900) suspended and a six-match ban, with four suspended.

That also means Hales will also be free to play in the Caribbean in the new year after also missing matches in Australia 12 months ago.   

"There is no doubt I fell below the high standards expected of an international sportsman and that was the reason for my decision to admit the charges and accept the punishment handed down," Hales posted on Twitter.

"I sincerely apologise for putting myself in a position which allowed these very regrettable incidents to happen."   

AAP