Ben Stokes

Stokes has not featured for England since September’s win over the West Indies

All-rounder Ben Stokes says he will delay his departure to join the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on 13 February.

The 28-year-old has been charged with affray after an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September.

The court date coincides with England’s first Twenty20 match in New Zealand.

“I’ve decided it would not be right to join my team-mates until after attending court,” he wrote on Twitter.