Ben Stokes not assured of spot in England XI for third Test against India

first_imgBen Stokes might have been cleared of affray charges after the Bristol pub brawl but the all-rounder is still not assured of a berth in the playing XI for England’s third Test against India staring August 18 at Trent Bridge.Stokes was then included in the England squad for the third Test. He played a starring role in the first Test at Edgbaston but did not feature in the second match at Lord’s because he had to attend court hearings.However, it may not be an easy way back for Stokes.Chris Woakes, who had replaced Stokes at Lord’s, scored his maiden hundred as England defeated India by an innings and 159 runs to take a 2-0 lead. He was named man-of-the-match.Sam Curran, the other all-rounder, was man-of-the-match in the first Test. It would be a hard call to drop either Curran or Woakes.However, there is a possibility England might go in without Adil Rashid and opt for an all-pace attack at Trent Bridge this weekend. Rashid, it maybe recalled, did not bat or bowl at Lord’s last week.Also Read – Ben Stokes cleared of affray chargesEngland coach Trevor Bayliss, currently dealing with a pleasant problem of plenty, welcomed Stokes back into the side but said in no uncertain terms that the controversial all-rounder was not assured of a place in the final XI.”It’s good to have him back around the squad. I’m happy for Ben that’s all over. It was a collective decision (to bring him back into the side so quickly). It was basically thought that for his own wellbeing, it was good to get him back around cricket,” Bayliss said.advertisement”There’s nothing automatic about selections and we’ll see how he is mentally as well as physically. He hasn’t played for a couple of weeks. He’s been a guy that in the past who has been able to come in and perform without having played a lot of cricket. We’ll take that into consideration.”But also, sometimes it’s a little bit like when someone gets injured, someone else comes into the team and does well, it’s a bit difficult for that injured played to come back in. This is a similar situation. It’s a difficult decision to make,” he added.Ben Stokes has been punished enough: Michael Vaughan after pub brawl verdict”It’s a good position to be in from that point of view. Whether he plays or not, we’ve got some guys in form in the team. It’s going to be a difficult decision to make whoever misses out, whether it’s Ben or someone else,” he said.”It’s a position we’ve been trying to get into in the Test team for a while. The one-day team is a difficult team to select. The Test team, it’s been difficult for other reasons. But we’re starting to get some good young players into the team, which makes it a difficult job for selectors. Whoever misses out, whether it is Ben or someone else, they will be very unlucky,” he said.Former England captains Mike Atherton and Michael Vaughan believe Stokes has had his share of punishment while Nasser Hussain and former England spinner Vic Marks reckon Stokes should keep a check on himself and not bring the game to disrepute.”I think the fact he missed the whole of the Winter in Australia is punishment enough for Ben Stokes. I personally think now he has been proven to be not guilty, he should be allowed to play,” Vaughan said.Read – Ben Stokes debate rages on ahead of Trent Bridge TestStokes has been cleared by the court but he still faces an internal disciplinary enquiry by the Cricket Discipline Commission (CDC) following his acquittal by unanimous decision of a jury on Tuesday.last_img