Ben Stokes © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ben Stokes © Getty Images (File Photo)

England all-rounder Ben Stokes, currently on an affray trial in the Bristol Crown Court for an incident that took place on September 25 last year, has wished all his England team-mates and young debutant Ollie Pope all the best through his twitter handle.

Stokes was left out of the squad for the Lord’s Test as his hearing in the Court was scheduled for this week. He played an instrumental role in England’s 31-run win at Edgbaston, as he took three important wickets in India’s second innings including that of the India captain Virat Kohli who was threatening to take the game away from England. The 27-year-old Stokes has denied the affray charge against him in Court; the trial of the case is currently underway.

England captain Joe Root had earlier confirmed that Pope would get the nod for the Lord’s Test considering the youngster has been in sublime touch in the County Championship since making his debut last season for Surrey. He has scored 1012 runs in his 15 first class appearances till date at a supremely healthy average of 63.25. The youngster is a middle-order bat and would look to thrive in his maiden Test appearance at the home of cricket.

England would also look forward to have Stokes back in contention for the remainder of the series once there is clarity on the outcome of the trial.