Ben Stokes to miss Third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge as selectors name unchanged squad

BEN STOKES will miss the Third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge as selectors have named an unchanged squad.

The ECB have announced they will not consider the all-rounder, 27, for selection until his trial for affray in Bristol has come to an end.

 Ben Stokes will not play in the Third Test between England and India

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Ben Stokes will not play in the Third Test between England and India

As things stand, Stokes has no set date for an England come-back and may find it hard to break back into the starting XI based on recent results.

Ahead of the Third Test in Nottingham, starting on Saturday, an ECB spokesperson said: “The ECB will make an assessment of Ben Stokes’ availability after the trial in Bristol has concluded.”

A comeback for the Durham superstar would surely mean dropping one of Sam Curran and Chris Woakes – both of whom have played fantastically of late.

Curran has looked dangerous with bat and ball during the first two Tests, while Woakes bowled superbly and notched a maiden hundred in the huge win at Lord's.

 England have named an unchanged squad for Trent Bridge after big Lord's win

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England have named an unchanged squad for Trent Bridge after big Lord's win

The squad for the Third Test will see Moeen Ali and Jamie Porter continue their quest to break into the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Keaton Jennings will continue to open the batting with Alastair Cook and Ollie Pope will be almost certain of a second match at No4.

Evergreen tandem James Anderson and Stuart Broad will continue to lead the line, with Adil Rashid – who failed to bat or bowl in the Second Test – set to keep his place.

England squad for Third Test: Cook, Jennings, Root (capt), Pope, Bairstow (wkt), Buttler, Woakes, Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson, Moeen, Porter.

 England enjoyed a dominant win at Lord's and are 2-0 up in the series

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England enjoyed a dominant win at Lord's and are 2-0 up in the series

Joe Root hails England Cricket performance as they go 2-0 up against India

BEN STOKES will miss the Third Test between England and India at Trent Bridge as selectors have named an unchanged squad.