- Ben Stokes could miss the third test match against India due to his ongoing court trial following a nightclub brawl
- Ben Stokes was England’s talisman in the 1st test match by picking Virat Kohli’s wicket in the 2nd innings
In today’s latest cricket news, Ben Stokes could end up missing the third test match against India after Stokes could see his court case drag on until next week. Stokes was set to appear in front of the Bristol Crown Court on Monday and prosecution was ready to present the evidence for Stokes’ defense but the day went by looking through excessive CCTV footages. Stokes now will have to wait for Tuesday to present his case and Daily Mail understands that there is a great possibility that his case could even run until next to next Thursday meaning Stokes will have just 2-3 days of training ahead of the third test match of the series.
Stokes was crucial for England’s win in the 1st test match
In today’s latest cricket news, England will definitely be without Ben Stokes for the 2nd test match at Lords and after seeing Stokes dominate the Indian batting in both innings, and he will indeed be a big miss for the English team which could see him miss out on the third test match as well. Stokes was seen cutting a rather solemn figure when he appeared in front of the jury on Monday and heard the charges being laid down on him. Stokes was accused of knocking down the co-defendants, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 27 unconscious and in a new controversy, Stokes was also accused of bad-mouthing a gay couple at the bar and calling the doorman a C**T.
According to Daily Mail and latest cricket news, Tuesday will begin with the evidence presented by the doorman of Mbargo nightclub which will then tell us whether Stokes will have to be available for entire next week and risk missing out on the third test against India. Seeing how Stokes played a key role in guiding England to a thrilling win in the 1st test, Indian fans will not mind seeing Stokes miss out on the 2nd as well as the third test match in the series.
Who will replace Stokes in the 2nd test?
England will need to take a call on whether they want an extra pacer in Jake Ball to replace Stokes for the 2nd test or they want to call upon the services of Moeen Ali and drop Adil Rashid for the 2nd test match at Lords. Meanwhile, there are several question marks hanging over Indian team where almost every Indian batsman barring Virat Kohli looked very susceptible against the English fast bowlers. Cheteshwar Pujara is the obvious call-up for the 2nd test match where Murali Vijay or KL Rahul looking the likely players to be left out of the starting 11.
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