All-rounder Ben Stokes, who was deemed not guilty of affray charges by a Bristol court on Tuesday, has subsequently been added to the England squad for the third Test starting on Saturday in Nottingham. Also Read - Ben Stokes Thanks Friend, Family, Fans For Their Support in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 | SEE POST
Owing to this court case, Stokes had missed the second Test at Lord’s, which England won by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2-0 series’ lead. Also Read - India vs West Indies 2018, 1st Test at Rajkot: I Was Ready For Debut Even in England, Says Prithvi Shaw
The all-rounder had played a handsome role in the first Test in Birmingham. He had a match haul of 6/113 across two innings as India lost by 31 runs. Also Read - India vs England 2018 Test Series: When Adil Rashid, Moeen Ali Ran Away as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler Open Champagne -- WATCH
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The England team management now face a selection headache, as his replacement Chris Woakes had scored a maiden Test hundred at Lord’s as also taking four wickets in the match.
Meanwhile, the ECB will set up a Cricket Discipline Commission that will take stock of Stokes’ involvement in this physical altercation outside a Bristol pub last year.
He, along with teammate Alex Hales, could yet be fined and suspended, however, it will be sometime before that conclusion can be reached.
England Squad: Joe Root (C), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Olliver Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Jamie Porter, Ben Stokes.
(With PTI Inputs)