Ben Stokes video shows England cricket star punching TWO men in street fight that left him with broken finger

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CRICKET star Ben Stokes threw 15 punches in a minute in a street brawl which left him with a broken finger.

The England vice captain, 26, is seen fighting with two men in footage obtained by The Sun.

 Opening up...Stokes and clubber clutching a bottle begin their stand-off in a Bristol street at 2.30am

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Opening up…Stokes and clubber clutching a bottle begin their stand-off in a Bristol street at 2.30am
 Swinging delivery . . . Stokes appears to throw his first punch which hits the man holding a bottle

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Swinging delivery . . . Stokes appears to throw his first punch which hits the man holding a bottle
 Boundary tumble . . . the pair fall over on to the pavement as another man tries to drag Stokes away

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Boundary tumble . . . the pair fall over on to the pavement as another man tries to drag Stokes away
 Pain in the googlies . . . they grapple as a man at the top of the video footage is seen appearing to aim a kick

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Pain in the googlies . . . they grapple as a man at the top of the video footage is seen appearing to aim a kick
 Battle for the lashes . . . pair exchange blows while pointing pal tries to break up street brawl

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Battle for the lashes . . . pair exchange blows while pointing pal tries to break up street brawl
 Walking in . . . star Stokes can be seen in the middle of the groups as they step back into the city road

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Walking in . . . star Stokes can be seen in the middle of the groups as they step back into the city road
 Middle thump . . . Stokes appears to land a hook on a second man which knocks him to the floor

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Middle thump . . . Stokes appears to land a hook on a second man which knocks him to the floor
 Bounced out . . . cricketer stands over man, points and shouts something before stepping over him

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Bounced out . . . cricketer stands over man, points and shouts something before stepping over him
 Reverse slap . . . Stokes appears to hit the bottle man in the face with his left hand as video ends

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Reverse slap . . . Stokes appears to hit the bottle man in the face with his left hand as video ends

One clutches a bottle and appears to be disarmed by Stokes, wearing a green T-shirt, dark trousers and white trainers.

The cricketer then exchanges a series of blows with the pair.


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After knocking the bottle man to the ground he appears to slap the second man around the face. England one-day teammate Alex Hales is heard urging Stokes to calm down in the video.

A witness told The Sun: “I saw Stokes throw 15 punches in one minute. No wonder he broke a finger.”

A man, 27, was taken to hospital with facial injuries after the brawl in Bristol at 2.30am on Monday.

Dad-of-two Stokes spent the night in cells. He was quizzed on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and later released on bail.

 Alex Hales and Ben Stokes were on a night out when the street brawl exploded

Alex Hales and Ben Stokes were on a night out when the street brawl exploded

Yesterday the Durham all-rounder was picked for the Ashes tour of Australia this winter despite his finger injury.

The row appeared to start as Stokes leapt to the defence of Hales and another friend. It is thought the unknown reveller swung a bottle at Stokes’s group, hitting one on the back.

In the footage, taken in the city’s Queens Road, a bottle is heard smashing on the floor as Stokes and the man fall to the ground.

The cricketer is dragged off as he aims more blows on the floor.


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He stumbles to his feet and picks on another man, grabbing his t-shirt and swinging as people shout: “Oi, Stokes, enough, enough.”

Circled by three men dressed in black, the cricketer rounds on one and squares up to him.

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The lad appears to back away and holds his hands up defensively as the other two try to calm Stokes.

Moments later the cricket ace drops his victim to the floor with a right hook.

Stokes, who bats left handed and bowls right, then appears to slap another man in the face with his left hand.

The brawl erupted outside a branch of Paperchase.

Avon and Somerset police said investigations were ongoing yesterday.

 Stokes is due to marry his fiancee Clare Ratcliffe next month

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Stokes is due to marry his fiancee Clare Ratcliffe next month
 Stokes, with fiancee Clare, is expected to be one of England's stars in the upcoming Ashes series

Stokes, with fiancee Clare, is expected to be one of England’s stars in the upcoming Ashes series
 The cricketer was on a night out in Bristol when the brawl happened

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The cricketer was on a night out in Bristol when the brawl happened
 Police must decide if Stokes’ actions could lead to a prosecution

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Police must decide if Stokes’ actions could lead to a prosecution
 Bosses at the England and Wales Cricket Board will decide if Stokes faces action

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Bosses at the England and Wales Cricket Board will decide if Stokes faces action

Hales returned to Bristol to help detectives with their inquiries. The pair had been part of the England team which beat West Indies in a one-day international in the city on Sunday.

They were celebrating with teammates including Jake Ball, and England test star Jimmy Anderson, who had been working for Sky TV.


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Earlier in the evening the group had been partying in Mbargo nightclub in the Clifton Triangle area.

They left but returned later and were refused access as the club has a no readmission policy after 2am.

England ODI cricket captain Eoin Morgan on the omission of Ben Stokes and Alex Hales from tomorrow’s game
 Stokes is a dad-of-two and is due to marry fiancée Clare Ratcliffe

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Stokes is a dad-of-two and is due to marry fiancée Clare Ratcliffe

Police must decide if Stokes’ actions could lead to a prosecution. A court would then have to decide if the star was acting in self defence.

Bosses at the England and Wales Cricket Board will also decide if their star player faces action.

An insider said: “A man was threatening two people and evidently picked up a bottle.

“Stokes told him to calm down and to step away and then the man started kicking off at him.”

 Stokes is England’s highest paid cricketer after signing a £1.7million deal

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Stokes is England’s highest paid cricketer after signing a £1.7million deal

Stokes is England’s highest paid cricketer after signing a £1.7million deal to play for Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League.

He is due to marry fiancée Clare Ratcliffe, 27, mum to their two young children, next month.

Stokes and Hales were left out of the England team which won yesterday’s fourth one-day international at The Oval, South London.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said: “We have seen this footage for the first time when posted by The Sun.

“There is an ongoing investigation which look at all available evidence.”

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