England head coach Trevor Bayliss urges Ben Stokes to issue a public apology after being found not guilty of affray following Bristol nightclub brawl

ENGLAND head coach Trevor Bayliss has urged Ben Stokes to issue a public apology after being found not guilty of affray following his Bristol nightclub brawl.

Stokes, 27, was acquitted on Tuesday and has reportedly apologised to his team-mates for the saga, but has not gone public.

 Trevor Bayliss has urged Ben Stokes to issue a public apology

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Trevor Bayliss has urged Ben Stokes to issue a public apology

Bayliss is hopeful his star all-rounder can mend some of the damage with a statement in the coming days.

When asked if he thinks Stokes should apologise, Bayliss said: "Certainly.

"I think it was important to actually apologise to the boys in the team, management of the team and management at the ECB, who had to go through a lot of extra activities to work our way through it."

On Stokes' call-up to the England squad for the Third Test against India, Bayliss said: "We’ve got the next two days to assess where he’s at.

 Ben Stokes has apologised to his England team-mates but has made no public statement

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Ben Stokes has apologised to his England team-mates but has made no public statement

 Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray in Bristol earlier this week

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Ben Stokes was found not guilty of affray in Bristol earlier this week

"It was a collective decision – myself, management, captain, the board, Ed Smith – everyone had a say.

"It was basically thought that for his own well-being it was good to get Ben back around the cricket.

"There's nothing automatic about selections, we'll see how he is mentally as well as physically.

"We'll find out over the next couple of days, I haven't actually spoken to him yet. We've got the next two days to assess where he's at.

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"It's a good position to be in from that [a selection] point of view. We've got some guys in form, in the team.

"It will be a difficult decision to make. Whether it's Ben or someone else."

Bayliss went on to say England have learned their lesson from recent off-field issues.

He added: "Since the incident we've done a lot of work with team culture with the two captains – and that's ongoing. Changes with curfews and that type of thing.

 Ben Stokes is in the England squad for the Third Test against India

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Ben Stokes is in the England squad for the Third Test against India

"In the past all the other teams I've been involved with and this one, when I arrived, would treat teams like adults and [players] will respond like it.

"For a team on the road 11 months out of 12, we had an incident we'd rather have not happened to a degree and we've thought we needed to do something different.

"There were a couple of small indiscretions in Australia after that incident and I think the players have finally woken up.

"They've learned their lesson and the way they go about their profession has been top class."

The Third Test starts on Saturday at Trent Bridge, with England leading the five-match series 2-0.

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ENGLAND head coach Trevor Bayliss has urged Ben Stokes to issue a public apology after being found not guilty of affray following his Bristol nightclub brawl.