India coach Ravi Shastri says he hopes England pick cleared all-rounder Ben Stokes for the third Test at Nottingham this weekend. With India 0-2 down in the five-match series they might be forgiven for thinking that they would be glad if Stokes was left out of the side, as England are contemplating, but that is not the case.
Despite their need to win the Trent Bridge Test to keep the series alive Shastri would welcome coming up against Stokes and said that he would pick the all-rounder if he were in England coach Trevor Bayliss’ position.
“We focus on cricket. He’s a terrific cricketer,” said Shastri. “We like to play against top cricketers. It’s as simple as that.
“He’s been cleared by the courts. What’s the reason for him not to play?”
England have added Stokes to their squad but they have yet to make a decision on whether to change the team which thrashed India last time out at Lord’s or not.