Stokes returns to England squad

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Root said as quoted by, "It was one of the most hard decisions I've had to make as captain".

Vaughan, who captained England between 2003 and 2008, reiterated that Stokes should be allowed to return to the Test side but said he was surprised the Durham player had not considered taking a break from cricket.

At a press conference, Root told reporters: "He is desperate to get out there and wants to put in performances. He felt like he was ready to play; we obviously assessed his fitness over the course of the two days and made that call".

England lead the series 2-0 with Stokes having played a big part in providing a winning start with his six wickets, including the prize one of Virat Kohli, in the tight opening test at Edgbaston.

"The Ben I know and who I see around the cricket team is a popular, unassuming, down-to-earth, very pleasant individual that will stay after a game and do autographs with kids for an hour and give his time", Hussain added.

Curran is one of several England might have chosen to step aside, despite his man-of-the-match performance in a thrilling 31-run victory for the hosts in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Stokes spent the last week at the trial in the Bristol Crown Court for his involvement in an incident outside a Bristol bar previous year, and missed the second Test at Lord's. In two Test matches against India, he's not really done a great deal.

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In the first test to start on a Saturday in England since they played South Africa at the Oval in 1955, India have to improve their batting urgently and will be grateful that captain Kohli, the only one to shine amid the ruins, is fit after suffering back spasms at Lord's.

India coach Ravi Shastri, meanwhile, has welcomed the prospect of Stokes' inclusion at Trent Bridge and said that he would pick the all-rounder if he were in Bayliss' position. "Batsmen from both teams have struggled when the occasion demands".

Shastri said it was vital India did not brood on what had happened at Lord's as they looked to regain a foothold in the series. "Conditions have been tough. right through this series". That's where character and discipline come into play.

"Just believe in yourself", he said.

"One thing for sure in this unit, there is no negative bone".

Chris Woakes, his replacement at Lord's, scored a maiden Test century and took key wickets at "the home of cricket" so is unlikely to be dropped. "There is no question he brought the game into disrepute but cricketers have few opportunities in their lives to play an Ashes series in Australia and missing that tour was a massive blow for Ben".

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