Ben Stokes is back in the England Test team just hours after being acquitted on a charge of affray. Photo: Paul Childs/Reuters

NOTTINGHAM – England Cricket have recalled Ben Stokes to starting XI for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge, captain Joe Root announced Friday.

All-rounder Stokes was added to England's 13-man squad on Tuesday, just hours after being acquitted on a charge of affray at Bristol Crown Court.

Stokes replaces left-arm swing bowler Sam Curran, England's man-of-the-match in their 31-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston earlier this month.

Stokes missed England's innings and 159-run win in the second Test at Lord's last week because of a clash of dates with his trial after playing in the series-opener.

England lead the five-match series 2-0 and victory in the third Test, which starts on Saturday, will see them retain the Pataudi Trophy.

The England team for the third Test against India is:

Alastair Cook

Keaton Jennings

Joe Root (c)

Ollie Pope 

Jonny Bairstow (w)

Ben Stokes

Jos Buttler

Chris Woakes

Adil Rashid

Stuart Broad

James Anderson

Agence France-Presse (AFP)