ENG v IND 2018: Ben Stokes will always be a big part of our dressing room, says Joe Root

Stokes' court case for affray begins in Bristol on Monday.

Stokes took four wickets including the big one of Kohli to dent India's chase | Getty

England skipper Joe Root has made it clear that Ben Stokes will continue to be a big part of the dressing room regardless the result of his affray trial beginning on Monday (August 6).

It is worth mentioning here that Stokes was arrested on the charges of causing actual bodily harm to two men in the early hours of September 25, 2017, outside a Bristol nightclub. And since then he is doing rounds of the court trials.

"Stokesy's got that knack, hasn't he? He wants to be involved in the big moments of the game and he did just that today. He's gone about things exactly how he was in every other game. And I don't see that ever changing," Root quoted as saying by PTI.

"When he turns up to practice or as soon as he puts on an England shirt he's so dedicated to this group of players, to this team and whatever happens going forward he's going to be a big part of this dressing room," he added.

Stokes played a vital role to complete a tense 31-run victory over India on an enthralling fourth morning of the first Test at Edgbaston. The ace all-rounder dismissed Virat Kohli for 51 to dent India’s chase. While Stokes removed Mohammad Shami for a duck, he got rid of the dangerous looking Hardik Pandya to seal the deal for England.

"It's always a miss whenever he's not playing but we've got a good group of players underneath this side who have got an opportunity whoever it is to come in and put in a really strong Test performance," Root remarked.

"So I'll have to sit down with the selection group and think clearly about what's the right squad for that surface at Lord's and then pick accordingly," he further said.

Lord’s will host the second Test between England and India from Thursday (August 9).


By Salman Anjum - 05 Aug, 2018

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