England ignore Stokes for third Test

England ignore Stokes for third Test

Ben Stokes. AFP

All-rounder Ben Stokes was not considered for selection as England named an unchanged 13-man squad for the third Test against India, starting in Nottingham on Saturday.

The only addition could have been Stokes but the England selectors will take a call on the same once his ongoing court-trial in Bristol for affray charges ends later this week.

Stokes’ ongoing trial on a charge of affray saw him left out by England as they embarrassed India by an innings and 159 runs in the second Test at Lord’s.

A brief statement issued by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said they would review Stokes’ position following the conclusion of the trial, which is expected to end before the third Test starts.

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

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