Ben Stokes' worldwide summer hinges on injury check-up


Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder, is hopeful of taking part in the English summer once again.

The all-rounder tore his calf during England's second Test victory over Pakistan, limping off during his sixth over of the final day at Old Trafford.

Nottinghamshire seamer Jake Ball has been included in the 13-man squad alongside Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn and Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

Ben Stokes has hinted that he will miss the final Test against Pakistan but remains confident of returning to worldwide cricket with England later this summer.

While he has certainly been ruled out of the third Test beginning on August 3 in Birmingham, he remains doubtful for the fourth Test as well.

Ball was decent in his debut at Lord's, before being dropped for James Anderson's return in Manchester, while Finn was unimpressive, but could get his spot back after Stokes took it from him.

England coach Trevor Bayliss, speaking before it was confirmed Stokes would not play in the third Test, said: "He's a big player for us - he adds a lot of spark to the team". He had missed the first Test defeat to Pakistan at Lord's due to a knee injury.

ENGLAND TEST SQUAD: Alastair Cook (capt), Alex Hales, Joe Root, James Vince, Gary Ballance, Chris Woakes, Jonny Bairstow (wkt), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Steven Finn, Jake Ball, Adil Rashid.



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