Wednesday 2 July 2014 

Stokes Back In England Test Squad

Ben Stokes is back in England's Test squad
Ben Stokes is back in England's Test squad
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Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has been recalled to England's Test squad of the opening match against India at Trent Bridge in a week's time.

Stokes missed the ICC World Twenty20 after he broke his wrist in the West Indies and was given time to prove his form and fitness with Durham ahead of India's visit.

His recall is the only change to the 12-man squad which lost 1-0 to Sri Lanka last month.

He has four Tests behind him, all coming during England's winter tour of Australia, where he scored a century in his second Test.

"The selectors would like to congratulate all the players selected in the squad for the 1st Investec Test against India and in particular Ben Stokes who returns to the squad having worked hard to regain his fitness following an injury this winter," National Selector James Whitaker said.

"This series against India will no doubt be a tough one and the selectors would like to wish Peter Moores, Alastair Cook, the coaches and players all the best for a good performance next week at Trent Bridge."

For the first time since 1959, the two sides are playing a five-Test series.

England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matthew Prior, Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes

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