Detective Constable Daniel Adams, the officer in the case, told jurors: "Ryan Ali and Kai Barry appear to be having a disagreement".
They are jointly charged in connection with an incident in the Clifton Triangle area of Bristol on September 25 a year ago - several hours after England had played a one-day worldwide against the West Indies in the city.
The jury was also shown body-worn footage of the arrest.
As per the previously released CCTV footages, the all-rounder punched Ali and Hale and knocked them down. "Mr Barry grabs Mr Ali around the groin area".
The prosecution has described Barry and O'Connor as two "flamboyant, extrovert and openly gay" regulars at Mbargo.
He said Ali "seemed to be trying to back away or get away from the situation" before he was punched by Stokes.
Mr Hale collapsed to the floor outside a shop window before picking himself up after 20 seconds, disappearing from view and then returning.
Nicholas Corsellis, prosecuting, told the jury: "Mr Cunningham observed Mr Stokes's behaviour towards them".
"One of the guys responded - he said "shut up or I'll bottle you" in an aggressive tone to me". "Although I can't remember anything specific now, I do recall that the language being used was homophobic in nature and was being directed at Kai and William by Ryan Hale and Ryan Ali". He mentioned my gold teeth and he said I looked like [expletive] and I replied, "Thank you very much".
PC Stacey Alway, who arrested Stokes, told the court: "From the moment I approached him (Stokes) he calmed down and was compliant".
"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle just before this", he said.
"Neither of us had met the two guys who attacked us with bottles prior to this point - although I had of course seen them briefly".
"I am clear that I felt under threat of immediate attack from both these men and I did what I did only in order to defend myself".
"I was anxious it might be two on to one and I knew one had had a bottle", Stokes told police.
The trial, expected to last five to seven days, continues on Thursday.