England cricketer Ben Stokes found not guilty in assault trial

Michael Vaughan who has forged a successful career as a pundit since retiring from the crease said the 27-year-old New Zealand-born star Ben Stokes had been punished enough over the 11 months since a late-night excursion in Bristol following a one-day

Michael Vaughan who has forged a successful career as a pundit since retiring from the crease said the 27-year-old New Zealand-born star Ben Stokes had been punished enough over the 11 months since a late-night excursion in Bristol following a one-day

Ryan Ali, whose eye socket was fractured by Stokes, was also found not guilty on Tuesday.

Stokes was instantly recalled to the England squad ahead of the third Test against India, which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

"The case against him should take into account the time he has already served", Vaughan said.

Buttler, though, feels Stokes will be part of England's playing XI as they aim to wrap up the series.

Stokes has missed seven of England's last 11 tests, a stretch that dates back to the Ashes in Australia.

Stokes was therefore back at practice on Thursday afternoon - and, shortly before he joined his colleagues at nets again, it was Bayliss' duty to speak on the matter for the first time on behalf of Joe Root's team and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The 27-year-old - whose co-defendant Ryan Ali was also found not guilty - had been charged following a brawl hours after England played the West Indies in a one-day worldwide in Bristol, southwest England, in September last year.

Given all what has happened, Stokes should now have a renewed sense of perspective about how special it is to be playing for England - and how perilously close he came to throwing the only thing he knows in life away.

"In the past all the other teams I've been involved with and this one, when I arrived, would treat teams like adults and they (players) will respond like it". His highly-publicised return to red-ball cricket has been low key but England need a spin selection and he is still the best available. Another of the accused men, Ryan Hale, was found not guilty during the trial on the direction of the judge.

Marks, who played six Tests and 34 One Day Internationals for his country, says Stokes, though, suffers from being a star in a time when social media can destroy you within seconds but compares the professionalism these days of sports stars management teams to those in Botham's day.

"To be in a city centre, fighting in the streets and arrested by the police was the wrong way for anyone to behave, regardless of whether he is an England cricketer or not".

As to whether that will be relayed to a wider audience, the Australian added: "I'm sure something will be forthcoming".

"To not have the wherewithal or maturity to get out of that situation shows there is still a lot of work to be done with Ben as a person. He's certainly not a hero, as some have portrayed him to be".

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