Joe Root has spoken out on his decision to pick Ben Stokes for third test v India

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At long last, it appears as though the Ben Stokes drama is drawing to a close.

After being cleared in his court case, the star was cleared to return to the squad prior to the third test against India at Trent Bridge.

In the final throes of the episode there was still drama in store, though.

Questions still remained as to whether Stokes would slot straight back into the team for the test.

However, at long last, it was confirmed earlier today that Stokes would be in the team, in place of 20-year-old Sam Curran.

Curran was a star in the first test, and captain Joe Root has faced some criticism on social media today for dropping the youngster.

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Root has now spoken about the change in detail now though, and has said that it was a tough call to drop such a bright talent.

“It's probably one of the most difficult selections I've had to make as captain” Root said.

“On this occasion, he's unfortunate to miss out. But what he's done so far has been nothing short of high-class. That's testament to how well we've been playing, and it's a really good sign for this group moving forward”.


Root did mention that a conversation with Stokes convinced him that it was the right change to make, as difficult as the decision was.

“I sat him [Stokes] down last night, just me and him, and I asked him brutally and honestly if he was in the right place to play for England and he assured me that he's ready to perform at his best," said Root.

"From that perspective, I have no worries or doubts that he will go and deliver just like he has so many times.”

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Root will be hoping that Stokes can hit the ground running and put his off-field problems behind him.

England go into Saturday’s third test in Nottingham knowing that another win will win the series at the soonest possible date.

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