Stokes Retains England Place For 3rd Test

Stokes Retains England Place For 3rd Test

Ben Stokes celebrates the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara during the 2nd Test at Lord's

Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes has retained his place in the England squad for the 3rd Investec Test against India.

The 23-year-old took five wickets during the 2nd Test at Lord's, which the home side lost by 95 runs to go one-nil down in the five match series.

England have selected Lancashire's Jos Buttler as a replacement for wicket-keeper Matt Prior, who has announced that he will take a break from international duty.

Hampshire's Ageas Bowl will play host to the 3rd Investec Test, which begins this Sunday at 11am.

National Selector, James Whitaker, said: “The result of the second Investec Test at Lord’s was very disappointing. One or two of our players had encouraging performances however it is vital that the squad learns quickly and arrives in Southampton this week refreshed and ready to perform well in what will no doubt be another tough Test match.
 
“Congratulations to Jos Buttler who comes into the squad following some very exciting limited overs performances for England and a good record with Lancashire this season and fully deserves this opportunity.  Matt Prior has contributed a huge amount to the England side over the years and should be proud of his record throughout his 79 Tests. He has decided to take time out of the game to work on his fitness and we will continue to follow his progress over the coming months.“
 
 
England squad
Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire)
Sam Robson (Middlesex)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

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