Ben Stokes had missed the second Test at Lord’s but after being cleared of affray, he played in third Test at Trent Bridge which England lost by 203 runs on Wednesday.
Ben Stokes had missed the second Test at Lord’s but after being cleared of affray, he played in third Test at Trent Bridge which England lost by 203 runs on Wednesday.

England allrounder Ben Stokes will miss the Durham‘s T20 quarter-final match with Sussex in the Vitality Blast T20 tournament, but the England team management is hopeful that the 27-year-old will be fit for the fourth Test against England starting August 30 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton.

Stokes had missed the second Test at Lord’s but after being cleared of affray, he played in third Test at Trent Bridge which England lost by 203 runs on Wednesday.

After the match it was revealed that Stokes has a ‘niggle at the back of his left knee’, as per the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).  And as a precaution he will not be playing for Durham Jets on Friday in the T20 tournament.

With England already sweating over wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow’s fitness, who suffered a fracture in his finger, Stokes latest injury comes as a big blow for the home team. But the good thing here is that there’s an eight-day gap between the third and the fourth Test.

After losing at Trent Bridge, England management and skipper Joe Root are expected to make a few changes for the fourth Test with question marks raised over the opening duo of Keaton Jennings and Alastair Cook.

Allrounder Moeen Ali, who is part of the England squad, has had a terrific last week in the domestic circuit scoring a century (115) in the Vitality Blast and then added 219 for Worcestershire two days later. He also picked six for 49 in the match against Yorkshire, thus put forth a strong case for his selection in the playing XI for the 4th Test, as England would look to wrap the series.