ENG vs IND 2018: England announce squad for Third Test at Trent Bridge

Ben Stokes set to miss out even if found innocent in his trial.

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After defeating Team India by an innings and 159 runs at Lord’s and gaining a 2-0 lead in the five-match Test series, England are riding on a high.

Now with the third Test scheduled to be played at Nottingham from August 18, England have gone ahead and named an unchanged squad for the match.

This means that Ben Stokes, who is currently on trial in Bristol for affray, is unlikely to make it into the team, even if he is found innocent.

In a statement made by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), they said that an assessment will be made on Stokes's availability once the trial has concluded.

A decision on Ben Stokes may only come later in the week. Once the decision is reached and the trial finishes, the Cricket Discipline Commission, independent of the ECB, will conduct their own hearing on Stokes and Alex Hales, who was also present that night in Bristol. This would further delay Stokes' return, even if found innocent of the charges.

(With Inputs from Cricbuzz)


By Jatin Sharma - 13 Aug, 2018

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