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England vs India: Ben Stokes added to England’s squad for the Nottingham Test

Initially, he wasn't included in the squad for the third Test.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes of England celebrates. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Back in September 2017, English all-rounder, Ben Stokes found himself tangled in a brawl outside a nightclub after which he was provisionally banned by the England Cricket Board (ECB). Moreover, his name was withdrawn from the Test squad in the Ashes against arch-rivals Australia last year. The 27-year-old, eventually made a comeback in England’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year in February.

Recently, he played the first Test against India in Birmingham but wasn’t included in the squad for the second match at Lord’s for the reason that he had to travel Bristol where he attended a hearing of his affray. Recently, the Canterbury-born cricketer was adjudged not guilty in the case. Subsequently, it has also been learned that he has been drafted in the squad for the third Test, starting August 18, in Nottingham as per reports in BBC.

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Ben Stokes will now join the England squad

He wasn’t named in the initial squad and the tainted cricketer is expected to breathe a sigh of relief. After two and 40 minutes, the jurors accepted that he was acting in self-defense and protecting Alex Hales and two gay men who threw punches at an Afghanistan war veteran 27-year-old Ryan Hale and a fire brigade worker. The Cricket Discipline Commission of ECB will now conduct their own hearing.

“Now that the legal proceedings have concluded, the disciplinary process for Ben Stokes and Alex Hales can be scheduled by the Cricket Discipline Commission [CDC]. Ben Stokes will now join the England squad for the third Specsavers Test against India, which starts at Trent Bridge on Saturday.

Considerable detail has been heard in this week-long court case and, in due course, there will be a range of matters for the Board to fully consider.” an ECB official mentioned.

England are leading the five-match series 2-0 and will be looking to win the next match and seal the fate of the series. India, on the contrary, would be keen to arrest their slump and put up a resounding show at Trent Bridge.

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