As you all know, India versus England series is going to start on July 12. England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been recalled in the squad for the three-match ODI series against India. Stokes has not played since tearing his left hamstring at the start of June. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday announced the 14-member squad for the series, starting on July 12 in Trent Bridge, Nottingham.
Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was out of action for five weeks due to injury, has been included in the team after a long time. Before the second Test against Pakistan in the early June, 27-year-old Stokes had a fictitious left hand and had been out of action since then.
At the beginning of this month, England’s world record innings of 481 runs at the loss of 6 wickets against Australia was a never-forgotten experience. By then, Stokes is expected to test his fitness at Durham for a fitness explosion against Yorkshire at Headingley on July 5.
If he can prove his fitness on returning to competitive Cricket, then Stokes can be expected to return to the team in the third T20 match against India in Bristol on July 8.
In spite of this long period outside of the game, and despite the success of England’s White Ball team in their absence – they got a clean sweep of 6-0 against Australia in this month’s ODI and T20 matches. England management has no doubt about the importance of Stokes their first choice XI.
Kent wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings is also left out despite having been included in the squad who whitewashed Australia.
Paul Farbrace said, “Ben is a three-in-one player,”
All-rounder Chris Woakes, who is still recovering from the broken right quadrangle and has not been able to join the team due to the knee injury for a long time. Although the release explained in detail that if the 29-year-old Ben Stroke has proven his fitness, he can be added to the team during the second half of the ODI series.
England squad to play vs India:
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood.
1st ODI, England v India, Thursday, July 12. Trent Bridge, Nottingham (12.30 BST)
2nd ODI, England v India, Saturday, July 14. Lord’s, London (12.30)
3rd ODI, England v India, Tuesday, July 17. Emerald Headingley, Leeds (12.30)