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England cricketer Ben Stokes walks into Bristol Crown Court. Stokes has been jointly charged with affray outside

Bristol Crown Court heard Stokes was the "main aggressor" in a fight that broke out between him and two other men - Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale - near a nightclub in the city.

The footage further showed that Stokes, along with teammate Alex Hales overtaking the four before the England cricketer stops and turns back to look at Barry and Ali, who appear to be having an argument.

The court heard details of the injury Ali is alleged to have sustained from the blow.

Ben Stokes pictured outside Bristol Crown Court.

"Mr Stokes, Mr Hales, Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor are outside of the door of Mbargo together - laughing", Cole said.

On Wednesday, the third day of the trial, the court saw footage of Ali and Hale holding beer bottles and walking up a road with Barry and O'Connor - described by the prosecution as "openly gay" Mbargo regulars.

"I asked him (Stokes), "If you are going to start on someone, start on me", he said.

Two gay men thanked England cricketer Ben Stokes for protecting them from two homophobic revellers, the England cricketer told police.

"I knew they were prepared to use weapons and so had a reasonable belief they might be carrying more weapons - perhaps of a more serious type".

Cunningham said Stokes began to abuse him after he refused them entry.

Spure, who works for Avon and Somerset constabulary as a PCSO (police and community support officer), told the court he "saw a group of people fighting" as he made his way home at the end of a night out.

Images released today show the injuries sustained by Ali and Hale after allegedly being attacked by Stokes, hours after England beat the West Indies in a one-day global in the city.

The doorman said Hales asked what had happened and, after being told, said to his team-mate: "Stokesy - don't do that".

The officer replied: "Yes, that is correct".

"As I approached the group I could see the male wearing the green T-shirt, Mr Stokes, squaring up to the other males", she told jurors.

In a statement, he told officers: "These men were speaking to the gay guys in what I would call a harsh and abusive way". He's my best friend. "Although I can't remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali".

"One of the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you" in an aggressive tone to me". I struck Ryan Ali with my right hand just after he had delivered the blow on Kai and as he came at me with the bottle and had it raised.

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