Stokes again left out of England squad for third Test with India

Ben Stokes

England v India, third Specsavers Test,
Venue: Trent Bridge Dates: 18-22 August
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All-rounder Ben Stokes has again been left out of England’s unchanged squad for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge starting on Saturday.

The 27-year-old missed the innings-and-159-run win at Lord’s because of his trial for affray, which is still ongoing.

The England and Wales Cricket Board said it will “make an assessment of Ben Stokes’ availability after the trial in Bristol has concluded”.

England lead the five-match series 2-0.

All-rounder Moeen Ali and uncapped seamer Jamie Porter, overlooked for the final XI last week, retain their places in the 13-man squad.

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England squad for third Test

Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Alastair Cook, Sam Curran, Keaton Jennings, Ollie Pope, Jamie Porter, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes.

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England accustomed to Stokes absence

Stokes has missed seven of England’s past 11 Tests, dating back to the Ashes in Australia last winter.

Test Did Stokes play? Runs Bowling figures Result
Ashes in Australia No – not available for selection Eng lost series 4-0
v NZ, Auckland Yes 0 & 66 Lost
v NZ, Christchurch Yes 25 & 12 0-17 & 0-2 Drawn
v Pak, Lord’s Yes 38 & 9 3-73 Lost
v Pak, Headingley No – hamstring injury Won
v Ind, Edgbaston Yes 21 & 6 2-73 and 4-40 Won
v Ind, Lord’s No – on trial Won

He was central to the 31-run win over India in the first Test at Edgbaston, taking 4-40 to seal victory on the fourth morning.

However, Chris Woakes, his replacement at Lord’s, was named man of the match after making 137 not out and taking 2-19 and 2-25.

Off-spinner Moeen may come into contention at Trent Bridge if England opt to play two spinners.

Essex’s Porter could feature if England rest seamers James Anderson or Stuart Broad, an option that was discussed earlier this summer.

Captain Joe Root said after victory on Saturday: “That’s something we will have to manage, and will have to take into account the workloads over the next three games.

“But when they’re performing as they are, and making the game shorter, it makes it a lot easier for them to be fit and be ready to play in the next game.”

Only once have a team come from 2-0 down to win a five-Test series, when Australia beat England in the 1936-37 Ashes.

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