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Ben Stokes has been added to the England squad for the third Test against India, starting August 18 in Nottingham, after the all-rounder was found not guilty of affray on Tuesday.

Stokes, 27, has insisted he was acting in self-defence when he hit Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27, after they had abused two gay men near a nightclub in Bristol.

After a week of court proceedings, Ben Stokes has been found not guilty of affray, by the jury, unanimously.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to miss the third Test against India regardless of the outcome of his trial for affray at Bristol Crown Court.

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"He took part and he scored a goal, which I think is something to be happy about". He is a very young player and we hope that little by little he makes progress".

Stokes missed the second Test at Lord's this week due to his appearance at Bristol Crown Court. The jury is likely to retire overnight to consider their verdict in a case that involves one other co-defendant, Ryan Ali.

Stokes told the jury he felt "under threat" at all times during the incident and said he only stepped in after hearing Ali and Hale shouting homophobic abuse at gay men William O'Connor and Kai Barry. During the trial the jury was shown body-worn video footage from the arresting police officer that appeared to show Hales denying he had been present at the incident, while both the prosecution and defence barristers alleged video footage showed him kicking Ali in the head.

England lead the five-match series 2-0, reducing the pressure on the team management to rush back Stokes even if he is found not guilty.

Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of India's Virat Kohli on the fourth day of the first Test between England and India at Edgbaston.

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"Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC]", the European Central Bank release said.

Ali, an emergency services worker, suffered a fractured eye socket while Mr Hale, a former soldier, was left with concussion.

Several observers reported that Stokes shook Mr Ali's hand after the verdicts were delivered.

"As soon as I see Mr Ali swing the bottle and physically hit them that's when I took the decision to get involved", Stokes said.

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