Ben Stokes at the Bristol Court © Getty Images
Ben Stokes at the Bristol Crown Court © Getty Images

Ben Stokes will miss the third Test between India and England, at Trent Bridge starting Saturday — irrespective of the outcome of the ongoing trial at Bristol Crown Court. The trial will continue on Monday, and as reported by The Telegraph, is unlikely to get over by Wednesday. England, on the other hand, will announce their squad for the Trent Bridge Test no later than Tuesday.

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In fact, Stokes’ cricket discipline case hearing has been put on hold for the legal tussle. that will begin within 48 hours of the trial getting over, which will as good as rule him out of the Test. The final verdict, however, needs to be approved by the entire ECB committee.

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Amidst all this it is unlikely that Stokes will be named for the third Test. England have anyway found an excellent replacement in Chris Woakes, who, upon recall, took four wickets in the first innings and scored a maiden Test hundred at Lord’s. Sam Curran has displayed all-round potential as well, while Moeen Ali is in the squad.

Joe Root, however, emphasised on how crucial Stokes is for England, lauding Woakes’ show at the same time: “Ben is a huge part of this squad and he was missed not being here this week but what it did do was create an opportunity for Chris to perform.

“In that respect it is nice to see guys taking opportunities and that is something we want to harness as a team and it is an example to the guys on edge of the team that when you get your chance make it as hard as possible to leave you out. It is a great headache for us to have going into next week.”