Yesterday’s not guilty verdict marked the end of a difficult eleven months for Ben Stokes.
After just two and half hours of deliberation the jury closed the trial in Stokes’ favour and re-opened the debate on his role with the England team.
Stokes missed the second test with India due to the trial but has now re-joined the squad prior to the third test at Trent Bridge.
England are enjoying a fantastic series against India so far – captain Joe Root has even been discussing the possibility of a “dream” 5-0 series win against the visitors.
"Obviously, that would be the dream - to put in five complete performances and have five wins” Root said.
"But it's important we don't get complacent, arrogant, or look too far ahead”.
If we are to look forward though, Stokes is clearly one of England’s better players, and his re-emergence in the squad creates a selection headache.
Ex-England captain Nasser Hussain has now had his say on the situation, saying that if Stokes is mentally prepared, he should be picked.
“I am amazed how well he has coped mentally over the last few months with this hanging over him and as long as they feel he is mentally fit for selection then they should pick him,” Hussain said.
Hussain’s respect for Stokes as a character also shone through in the comments.
“The Ben I know and who I see around the cricket team is a popular, unassuming, down-to-earth, very pleasant individual that will stay after a game and do autographs with kids for an hour and give his time.
“But I only see Stokes at cricket, so Ben has to make a decision - the image we see of him at cricket is probably not the image that has been portrayed over the last six months in the newspapers.”
Hussain’s view is in line with another former captain Michael Vaughan – the Yorkshireman stating this week that Stokes had “suffered enough punishment”.
The next test starts on Saturday – any news on Stokes potential involvement will be eagerly anticipated.