England cricketers Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have been fined but will not miss any more matches following their involvement in an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) charged the players with two counts of breaching a directive from its code.

The 3.3 directive states: “No participant may conduct themselves in a manner or do any act or omission at any time which may be prejudicial to the interests of cricket or which may bring the ECB, the game of cricket or any cricketer or group of cricketers into disrepute.”

Centurion Alex Hales salutes the Trent Bridge crowd
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Alex Hales was not charged by police

It comes despite 27-year-old Stokes being found not guilty of affray following a trial at Bristol Crown Court. Hales, 29, was not charged by police.

A jury acquitted Stokes after a seven-day trial which heard he was acting in self-defence during the incident.

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Within hours of the court verdict, the ECB said the player would be included in their squad after being dropped during the winter Ashes tour to Australia when he was charged with assault following the brawl.

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