England cricketer Ben Stokes mocked gay men before fight, video

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India captain Virat Kohli warms up with Umesh Yadav ahead of a nets session at Edgbaston

Hale, 27, managed to stagger to his feet only to collapse again in a shop doorway, the jury was told.

"A bottle was used at the beginning by Mr Ali and a broken street sign brought into the fray towards the end by Mr Hale".

The fight took place outside a Bristol nightclub after 2am, the prosecutor said, just hours after Stokes featured in a one-day worldwide over West Indies.

'He knocked Mr Hale unconscious and then - after time to pause for thought, to calm - he did exactly the same to Mr Ali.

Mr Stokes, of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, Durham; Mr Ali, of Forest Road, Bristol; and Mr Hale, of Burghill Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, are on bail.

"This was no trivial moment of "unpleasantness", Mr Corsellis told Bristol Crown Court".

Mr Corsellis described the incident as "a sustained episode of significant violence that left onlookers shocked".

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Stokes is accused of knocking both Hale and Ali out.

Ali and Hale left Mbargo at 2:23am and engaged in conversation with Barry and O´Connor, before Barry touched Ali´s groin and Ali pushed him away, jurors heard.

Detective Constable Adams told the court: "It seems like Ben Stokes making a V-sign towards Mr Cunningham".

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Stokes, acting in "revenge, retaliation or punishment", was involved in a "sustained episode of significant violence", prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis told a jury at Bristol Crown Court in southwest England.

He said that in the footage Mr Stokes' England teammate Mr Hales could be heard to say: "Stokes, Stokes, that's enough".

He told the jury Mr Stokes offered him £300 to be let in, but after he refused the all-rounder became "spiteful and angry" and insulted Mr Cunningham's gold teeth and tattoos.

Mr Barry and Mr O'Connor emerged from the club and Stokes started mimicking their gay mannerisms, the court heard.

Mr Corsellis said footage showed Mr Stokes "copying hand gestures made by the men", while the bouncer claimed the cricketer had flicked a cigarette butt at Mr O'Connor. Stokes and Hales caught up with the four men who were involved in some kind of dispute, the court heard.

The fight was captured on video by film student Max Wilson, who was woken by the commotion. Stokes then threw a punch towards Ali and the pair fell to the ground and grappled, the court heard. "Alex Hales appears fed up with something at that point".

Stokes allegedly hurled insulting comments at the door supervisor.

Hale was unconscious for up to 15 seconds.

Referring to the fight, Mr Corsellis said: 'How precisely it started is only known by the defendants. "Was it self-defence or was it retribution?"

Stokes was arrested at the scene. He did not know the other two defendants, who were local and were friends.

The cricketer has maintained that "at all times he acted in self-defence of himself or others" and believed the force he used was "reasonable and entirely justified".

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