Ben Stokes returns to England XI after not guilty verdict, Sam Curran out

Ben Stokes will return to the England XI for the third Test against India at Trent Bridge on Saturday just four days after he was cleared of affray.

England captain Joe Root confirmed that Sam Curran, man-of-the-match with five wickets and a crucial half-century in the opening Test win, was dropped to make way for Stokes.

"It was one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make as captain. It's about us as a squad delivering over five games and on this occasion Sam is unfortunate to miss out," Root said.

"Ben is desperate to get back playing cricket. He's desperate to get out there, put in performances and concentrate on his cricket now. He feels ready to play.

"I have known Ben from being really quite young and I feel very confident he will be able to go out and put in a performance."

Stokes took six wickets in the first Test win including the prized scalp of India captain Virat Kohli.

He then missed the second Test at Lord’s with his court hearing where Chris Woakes, who had replaced Stokes, scored a century and took four wickets in a man-of-the-match performance. 

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 4 : Ben Stokes of England waits to be interviewed after England won the 1st Specsavers Test Match between England and India at Edgbaston on August 4, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)
Ben Stokes. Source: Getty


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Suzie Bates steps down as White Ferns captain ahead of World Twenty20

White Ferns skipper Suzie Bates has confirmed today that she will step down as captain as the women's national cricket side prepare for the World Twenty20 tournament in November.

Bates made the announcement in a press conference at New Zealand Cricket's high performance centre this afternoon in Lincoln.

The 31-year-old steps down after six years in charge of the White Ferns team, she will be replaced by Amy Satterthwaite as the New Zealand skipper.

Satterthwaite will take over as captain for the New Zealand women's T20 series against Australia on September 29 in Sydney.


Suzie Bates, Captain of New Zealand bats during Women's ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Source: Getty


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England's James Anderson becomes most successful fast bowler in Test history as India crumble in final Test

James Anderson became the most successful fast-bowler in Test history by claiming the final wicket to clinch England's 118-run victory over India at the Oval today.

Anderson bowled Mohammed Shami for his 564th career wicket, surpassing the record of Glenn McGrath, as England wrapped up a 4-1 series victory.

Centuries from Lokesh Rahul and Rishabh Pant threatened what looked like a simple victory, but England took five wickets after tea to end No. 1-ranked India's second innings on 345.

Adil Rashid removed both centurions, before Sam Curran struck twice to set the stage for Anderson, who also moved past McGrath as the fourth-highest wicket taker.

Despite Anderson's heroics, Alastair Cook led England off the field having scored a century in the second innings in his 161st and final Test match.


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