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Ben back in squad

London: All-rounder Ben Stokes has returned to the England national squad for the opening Test against India as the only addition to the 12-member squad that recently lost 0-1 in a two-Test series at home to Sri Lanka.

The England selectors, on Wednesday, announced a 13-member squad to be led by Alastair Cook for the first Test, commencing at Trent Bridge on July 9.

The 23-year-old Stokes, who made his debut against Australia in Adelaide last year, had sustained a self-inflicted wrist injury while punching a dressing-room locker following his dismissal for a golden duck in Barbados during his subsequent tour to the West Indies.

THE SQUAD

Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

(PTI)