An unchanged team has been named by England for the 3rd Test at Trent Bridge against India, implying Ben Stokes is expected to lose out even if he is stated guiltless of the fight at the Bristol Crown Court. In a statement issued together with the team declaration for the third Test—that starts on August 18—the Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and England state an evaluation will be made on the availability of Stokes after the trial has given its verdict.
On August 13, the national selectors assembled after England finished an inclusive inning and 159-run success at Lord’s to achieve a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series. Ben Stokes, who performed a key role in the foremost victory at Edgbaston with the number of fours for 40 in the 2nd innings, was not available for the 2nd Test owing to the beginning of the case regarding the happening that occurred in Bristol last September.
Following the closing speeches on August 13 morning, the panel is anticipated to go out on Monday evening with an outlook to giving a judgment. A decision might only surface later in the week. After their verdict is given and the trial ends, the Cricket Discipline Commission, independent of the ECB, will carry out their own hearing on Ben Stokes as well as Alex Hales—as he was also present in Bristol that night. This would further holdup return of Stokes, even if found not guilty of the allegations.
However, at Lord’s, Stokes’s nonappearance didn’t hinder England as Chris Woakes emerged into the role of an all-rounder and placed in a man-of-the-match performance. He recorded a maiden Test century, attaining 137 not out, together with match numbers of 4 for 43.
On the contrary, South Africa has slipped down New Zealand to 4th place in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Men’s Team Ranks in spite of defeating Sri Lanka 3–2 in their 5-match series.