England bear now now not given up hope that Ben Stokes would possibly maybe very smartly be on hand for the 2nd Take a look at starting at Lord’s on August 9.
Stokes is due in court in Bristol on August 6 – the day after the Edgbaston Take a look at is scheduled to carry out – to face a rate of affray with the case scheduled to last somewhere between 5 and 7 days.
However the England administration are keeping an open mind as to Stokes’ availability, must the case be adjourned for any motive. If that bear been to occur on the first or 2nd day of the trial, the England camp bear confirmed to ESPNcricinfo they would purchase into consideration his involvement within the Take a look at at Lord’s.
Changing Stokes, as England chanced on at some level of the Ashes, is desperately complex. Whereas the England administration are attempting ahead to a drier surface at Lord’s that will smartly imagine Moeen Ali drafted attend into the facet as a 2nd spinner, they would be pleased him to play alongside Stokes, as a replacement of in desire to him.
A case would possibly maybe be adjourned for quite lots of reasons along with illness, the admission of contemporary proof or a exchange within the associated rate. Whereas it stays doubtless the case will hobble ahead as before the whole lot envisaged – absolutely the Stokes camp has no plans to name for an adjournment – the England camp are intelligent to fetch a contrivance to accommodate Stokes if he turns into on hand.