Daily Mail UK – Ben Stokes looks certain to be picked for the first Test against India even though he faces an appearance in court the day after the match is due to finish.

Summary

  • Ben Stokes looks certain to be picked for the first Test against India even though he faces an appearance in court the day after the match is due to finish.
  • Stokes is definitely out of the second Test at Lord’s because it clashes with his trial on a charge of affray at Bristol Crown Court following the incident outside a nightclub last September that led to him being suspended for the Ashes.
  • ‘We’re going to pick our best team,’ said England Test captain Joe Root.
  • Stokes has yet to return to his best after his latest injury setbacks and was subdued for much of the one-day series against India but Root insists he is not distracted by the prospect of his day in court.
  • England’s big three bowlers of Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes are all returning towards full fitness after injuries and with Root declaring his hand on Stokes the only real first Test selection issue for England is in the spin department.


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