Stokes charged with bringing cricket into disrepute

Cockermouth's England cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with bringing the game into disrepute Credit: Press Association

Cumbria's England cricketer Ben Stokes and teammate Alex Hales have been charged with bringing the game into disrepute following a late-night altercation in Bristol.

An independent Cricket Discipline Commission was tasked with leading an internal disciplinary into last September's incident after Stokes was found not guilty of affray following a seven-day trial last month

The England pair will have to answer to two counts of breaching ECB Directive 3.3, which states: "No participant may conduct themself 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."

The CDC has ruled that disciplinary panel hearings will be held in London on Wednesday, December 5, and Friday, December 7.