Ben Stokes does not deserve warm reception from England fans - Michael Vaughan


All-rounder Stokes missed England's second-Test victory at Lord's to attend Bristol Crown Court, but was restored to the squad shortly after being cleared on Tuesday. Stokes was cleared of wrongdoing, along with co-defendant Ryan Ali, almost 11 months on from the fight in the city centre last September.

Discussing Curran, who put in a man-of-the-match performance at Edgbaston, Root said it was "about us as a squad performing collectively for five games".

'Ben is desperate to get back playing cricket.

"If I was in England's position, I would have wanted him to play". He wants to put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now.

Root described the switch as "probably one of the most hard selections" he has been part of as Test captain, but added Stokes is confident he is mentally ready to play again.

"We obviously assessed his fitness as well, over the course of the two days, and made that call".

Bayliss said after the Bristol incident a year ago necessary steps have been taken to discipline the England team and that he looked up to skipper Root to lay down the marker for his teammates.

However, the coach said Stokes is not assured of an automatic selection for the third Test starting here on Saturday.

"I believe he has suffered enough punishment already and the cricket disciplinary case against him should take into account the time he has already served after missing the five Tests and One-Day series in Australia", Vaughan wrote in his column for.

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"We are here without a negative bone, wanting to play to win, as simple as that".

India were keen on a break after the ODI series in July and another before the Asia Cup that begins in the United Arab Emirates on 15 September.

"He is a terrific cricketer, we would like to play against top cricketers", Shastri told a separate news conference at Trent Bridge.

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The star batsman added, "I'm not concerned about it at all".

Shastri refused to reveal whether India would hand a debut to wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant at Trent Bridge, but confirmed skipper Virat Kohli was "much better and improving by the day" following the back trouble that forced him to miss part of the second Test.

"I think some people would see that as the easy option, to leave Sam out", Root said.

With the Pataudi Trophy up for grabs and given their relatively light workload so far, it is unlikely either James Anderson or Stuart Broad gets rested, as was suggested could happen to the new-ball duo when there were pre-series fears over a schedule of five Tests in six weeks.

Bayliss said Stokes has already apologized to his teammates over the fight, which led to him missing the Ashes tour of Australia while a criminal charge was being considered.