Ben Stokes back in England’s playing eleven

Nottingham : All-rounder Ben Stokes on Friday returned to the England playing eleven for the third Test against India, four days after being found not guilty of affray.

Stokes missed the second Test at Lord’s as he was attending his trial for his involvement in a fracas in Bristol in September. Cleared on Tuesday after the court’s not guilt pronouncement, Stokes replaced Sam Curran in the team. Both Stokes and Curran played influential roles in the first Test.

England coach Trevor Bayliss said “a collective decision” was taken to reintroduce Stokes, who was omitted when an unchanged squad was named on Monday.

Playing XIs:

England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Joe Root (capt), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.

India (from): Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rishabh Pant, Karun Nair, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah Match starts at 3.30 pm (IST)

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