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Ben Stokes court case

England cricketer Ben Stokes has arrived at court where he will go on trial for affray

Potential jurors in the trial of England cricketer Ben Stokes have been asked by a judge whether they were "extremely committed" cricket fans.

The all-rounder is facing trial with two other men, charged with affray following an alleged fracas outside a nightclub in the city of Bristol on September 25 last year - several hours after England had played a one-day international against the West Indies in the city.

A 27-year-old man allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident, at which fellow England cricketer Alex Hales was also present.

Wearing a blue suit and red tie, Stokes was driven to court in a silver people carrier and walked straight into the building.

A total of 16 people were brought into courtroom one to be asked a series of questions about their knowledge of the defendants.

"Are any of you an extremely committed cricket follower? Particularly in the sense of following a national team... England, India... particularly going on tours, following them around the place?"

None of the jury-in-waiting indicated they did.

The potential panel were also asked whether they knew any of the three defendants and a number of other people who could be called to give evidence in the trial, including Hales.

They were then sent away for around an hour while lawyers and the judge discussed legal argument.

The trial is expected to last between five and seven days.

Stokes missed the Ashes last summer after being suspended from playing for England following the incident.

Without him, England lost the Ashes to Australia 4-0.

He has since played in the Test series against New Zealand, Pakistan and, last week, starred as England beat India in the first Test at Edgbaston.