Ben Stokes was recalled to England set-up for his own welfare admits coach Trevor Bayliss

TREVOR BAYLISS has revealed Ben Stokes was recalled by England for his own welfare.

And coach Bayliss has urged the Durham all-rounder to make a public apology for his early-morning Bristol street fight.

 Ben Stokes was called back to the England squad for his own welfare

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Ben Stokes was called back to the England squad for his own welfare

As Stokes, 27, trained yesterday for the first time since being cleared of affray, it emerged he joined the squad for tomorrow’s Third Test with India to stop him stewing at home.

Bayliss said: “It was a collective decision to bring him back straight away between myself, Joe Root, the selectors and the ECB board.

“Everyone had a bit of a say. I understand where people are coming from when they argue that he shouldn’t play.

“But it was basically thought that, for his own wellbeing, it was good to get him back around cricket.

 Trevor Bayliss, left, has urged Stokes to make a public apology

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Trevor Bayliss, left, has urged Stokes to make a public apology
 Stokes trained with the England squad on Thursday after being cleared of affray

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Stokes trained with the England squad on Thursday after being cleared of affray

“He’ll certainly pull his weight from now on. I’m sure it’s been a wake-up call for him.”

Bayliss said Stokes apologised to the team when he returned to action in New Zealand in February after missing the Ashes series.

Now Bayliss reckons he should go further and express public contrition.

When asked if he should, Bayliss replied: “Certainly. I’m sure something will be forthcoming.

England cricket star Ben Stokes returns to squad ahead of third test with India

“It was important to apologise to the boys in the team and the management and people at the ECB, who had a lot of extra work because of what happened in Bristol.

“He certainly addressed the players in the changing room when he first arrived in New Zealand. From our point of view, his contrition was evident to the boys.”

Stokes and batsman Alex Hales face a probe from an independent disciplinary commission into their behaviour outside a nightclub in Bristol last September.

TREVOR BAYLISS has revealed Ben Stokes was recalled by England for his own welfare.