Ben Stokes not recalled to England's squad to face India in third Test

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Ben Stokes not recalled to England's squad to face India in third Test

England v India 2018 Ben Stokes not recalled to England’s squad to face India in third Test

• Stokes left out of squad as trial for affray continues
• England name same squad that beat India in second Test

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Ollie Pope exits the Lord’s pitch after England’s second Test win against India. The Surrey player has retained his place in an unchanged squad for the third Test at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters

England have named an unchanged squad for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, meaning there is no place for Ben Stokes.

Sto kes was left out of the squad that thrashed India by an innings and 159 runs in the rain-disrupted second Test at Lord’s as it clashed with the all-rounder’s trial for affray at Bristol crown court.

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There was the possibility of the 27-year-old, who played a key role in the first Test win at Edgbaston, returning to action in Nottingham as England look to take a 3-0 lead in the five-match series. But that will not be the case after the England and Wales Cricket Board named the same 13-man party who triumphed at Lord’s.

“The ECB will make an assessment of Ben Stokes’s availability after the trial in Bristol has concluded,” read a statement.

Stokes is charged with affray in the Clifton triangle area of Bristol during the early hours of 25 September last year. He is on trial with Ryan Ali, 28, who Stokes is alleged to have knocked unconscious in a figh t near the Mbargo nightclub that resulted in Ali sustaining a fractured eye socket. Both Stokes and Ali deny affray.

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An unchanged England squad means Keaton Jennings retains his place at the top of the order despite an underwelming showing so far this series, as well as another chance for Ollie Pope to stake a claim for a regular place in England’s lineup.

The third Test begins on Saturday.

England Test squad

Joe Root (Yorkshire), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jimmy Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Sam Curran (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Jamie Porter (Essex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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Source: Google News India | Netizen 24 India

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