Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
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Stokes called up to England's third Test squad

Stokes called up to England's third Test squad

England head coach Trevor Bayliss will decide over the next two days whether Ben Stokes is ready to make his Test return.

It was less than two hours after the verdict was handed down at Bristol Crown Court that the European Central Bank confirmed Stokes' recall following a conference call involving various parties including Bayliss, Joe Root and the European Central Bank board.

'Ben is most comfortable, most happy, playing cricket for England.

Stokes's career has been on hold during the trial - meaning he missed England's second Test victory over India at Lord's - and he was omitted from the squad for the third Test which gets underway next Saturday.

At the start of the trial the prosecution tried to amend the indictment and charge Stokes with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm but this was rejected by the judge. Stokes was cleared in a unanimous verdict.

Stokes went out celebrating after beating the West Indies in a match in Bristol on 24 September.

Hussain wants Stokes to work on taking his "unassuming" character beyond the cricket field as the player looks to rebuild his reputation.

"I don't think it should be Pope [who makes way]", he said.


"I didn't know, they could be carrying more weapons on them".

"I hope over the course of time he realises what he did was wrong. At all times I felt under threat from these two".

Ben Stokes was acquitted of affray at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday (Andrew Matthews/PA).

Ali who was knocked unconscious and suffered a fractured eye socket said in his evidence he remained in the care of a surgeon and still suffered from double vision.

Stokes was cleared of affray on Tuesday after a week-long case at Bristol Crown Court, relating to a late-night fight in the city following last September's one-day worldwide against the West Indies.

He said CCTV footage from just before the fight showed he was "not behaving in a drunk way".

"There are clauses in an England cricketer's contract -- such as bringing the game into disrepute -- that could yet result in punishment", the 50-year-old commented. "Although Stokes was never formally suspended from the England team, his non-selection for the Ashes came about clearly as a result of the events in Bristol". However, his replacement at Lord's Chris Woakes marked a memorable return to Test cricket with a maiden hundred and four wickets in the match.

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