Ben desperate to perform: Joe
Ben Stokes will start the third Test for England against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday, just four days after being cleared of affray.
- Published 18.08.18
Nottingham: Ben Stokes will start the third Test for England against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday, just four days after being cleared of affray.
England captain Joe Root confirmed on Friday that the all-rounder would be back in the XI at the expense of the unfortunate Sam Curran, who was Man of the Match in the opening Test at Edgbaston.
“It was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make as captain. It’s about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out,” said Root.
“Ben is desperate to get back to playing cricket and perform. He’s desperate to get out there, put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now. He feels ready to play.
“I have known Ben from being really quite young and I feel very confident he will be able to go out and put in a performance.”
Stokes’s return for the third Test, with England leading 2-0, was always going to be a difficult call for Root with two other all-rounders in the squad playing so well. After the second Test win, Root had described the selection dilemma as a “great headache” for him, but Stokes has been welcomed back into the team’s ranks after his acquittal in the high-profile case.
Stokes had played a big part in providing a winning start with his six wickets, including the prized one of Virat Kohli, in the tight opening Test at Edgbaston.