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:
Joe Root (c)
Jonny Bairstow (w)
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