There's Been A New Twist In The Ben Stokes Saga

Could this save his Ashes campaign?

There's Been A New Twist In The Ben Stokes Saga (Image: Getty)

There's been a fresh twist in the story behind Ben Stokes' arrest, with two gay men claiming the England star was defending them from a potential hate crime.

Stokes was arrested and caught on video raining punches of two men on the street, leaving one 27-year-old man needing treatment at a hospital for facial injuries.

The 26-year-old is in danger of missing the Ashes while police and the England and Wales Cricket Board investigate the incident.

He and teammate Alex Hales are currently serving an indefinite suspension over the incident.

But Kai Barry, 26, and Billy O'Connell, 20, claimed Stokes had come to their defence.

“We were so grateful to Ben for stepping in to help. He was a real hero," O'Connell told The Sun.

“Kai feared he could be attacked. If Ben hadn’t intervened it could have been a lot worse for us.”

Barry believes Stokes saved them from "real trouble".

“I’m not a fighter and we didn’t want a fight. We could’ve been in real trouble. Ben was a real gentleman," he said.

The claims could help Stokes in his bid to be cleared to play in next month's Ashes series, starting at the Gabba on November 23.

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