LONDON – Ben Stokes is back in England's squad for his own well-being but the all-rounder is not an automatic choice for the third test against India, England coach Trevor Bayliss said on Thursday.
Stokes was cleared of affray on Tuesday over a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol, southwest England last year, which prosecutors said had left two men unconscious.
“It was thought that for his own well-being it was good to get Ben back around the cricket,” Bayliss told a news conference ahead of the clash at Trent Bridge, Nottingham which starts on Saturday.
“There's nothing automatic about selections, we'll see how he is mentally as well as physically. We'll find out over the next couple of days, I haven't spoken to him yet. We've got the next two days to assess where he's at.”
Stokes picked up six wickets in the first test as England defeated India by 31 runs. Due to his court hearing, he was left out of the second of the five-match series as the hosts doubled their advantage with an innings victory last week.