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England mull rest for Stokes

The third and final Test against the West Indies begins on Friday
Ben Stokes  after England's win on the last day of the second cricket Test match between them and West Indies in Manchester on Monday.

PTI   |   Manchester   |   Published 23.07.20, 03:30 AM

England will “consider rotating” star all-rounder Ben Stokes even though his presence makes it a better team, said coach Chris Silverwood.

The third and final Test against the West Indies begins on Friday.

Stokes scored 176 and 78 not out in the two innings and also took three wickets as England beat West Indies by 113 runs in the second Test to tie the three-match series 1-1.

“We want him out there as much as we can; everyone can see how good he is,” Silverwood said. “But you know what, we’re going to consider rotating him. He’s been at the centre of the last couple of games and we’ve got to make sure he’s okay. But if he is fit and healthy, he’ll play.”

The 29-year-old had pulled himself out of the attack midway through his 15th over in West Indies’ second innings but later insisted that there was “absolutely nothing to worry about”.

Silverwood said Stokes will have to “rein” himself in during training as he is always looking to push himself.

“He’ll keep pushing himself, which is why he is as good as he is,” said Silverwood. “But from a training perspective we try and rein him in where possible and keep him as fit as a fiddle.”

With six to seven seamers at his disposal, Silverwood will face a selection headache but said he is determined to pick the “strongest attack”.       

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