London - British detectives investigating an incident outside a nightclub involving cricketer Ben Stokes have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on charging.
WATCH: Stokes throws punches in street brawlThe 26-year-old Durham all-rounder - who is suspended from playing for England by the ECB - is currently in New Zealand after flying to Christchurch to see his extended family.
"We are now in a position to provide an update on our investigation
into a disorder in Bristol which happened during the early hours of
Monday September 25," Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement.
"A 27-year-old man suffered a fractured eye socket in the incident on Queens Road, Clifton.
"A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily
harm and was later released under investigation. Three other men, aged
26, 27 and 28, have all voluntarily attended police stations for
"Today we have passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service and are now seeking charging advice."
WATCH: Ben Stokes sends England an Ashes message
The fiery all-rounder was tight-lipped after touching down in
Christchurch, where he hopes to play first-class cricket for Canterbury
in New Zealand's domestic one-day competition.
His stint with the New Zealand side is widely seen as an attempt to
stay match-fit if Stokes receives the call to travel to Australia and
bolster an England side reeling from a 10-wicket defeat in the first
Britain's Telegraph newspaper reported that England had contingency
plans to fast-track Stokes back into the Ashes squad within 48 hours if
police decide not to charge him over the fracas.
That could see him play in the Third Test in Perth starting December 14.
Stokes was born in New Zealand but moved to England as a child when
his father Gerard, a former rugby league international, took a coaching
Both his parents have since moved back to Christchurch.
The ECB has emphasised that Stokes is on a private trip that had not been set up by the organisation.