NOTTINGHAM: England have recalled Ben Stokes to their starting XI for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, captain Joe Root announced on Friday.
All-rounder Stokes was added to England’s 13-man squad on Tuesday, just hours after being acquitted on a charge of affray at Bristol Crown Court.
Stokes replaces left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran, England’s man-of-the-match in their 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston earlier this month.
Stokes missed England’s innings-and-159-run win in the second Test at Lord’s last week because of a clash of dates with his trial after playing in the series-opener.
“It’s probably one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make as captain,” Root told reporters at Trent Bridge, where the third Test starts on Saturday.
England lead the five-match series 2-0 and victory in Nottingham will see them retain the Pataudi Trophy.