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England to make late decision on Ben Stokes' fitness - Joe Root

1 month ago   |   By Cricket365

England will make a late decision on Ben Stokes' fitness before deciding on their final XI for the first Test against Pakistan.
Stokes has been managing a quad injury for the past couple of weeks and, although he is certain to take the field at Emirates Old Trafford on Wednesday, it is not yet known how much of a role he can be expected to play with the ball.
He was selected as a specialist batsman in the previous Test against the West Indies, but England had to drop batsman Zak Crawley to make room for an extra bowler.
Ben Stokes is nursing a quad injury
Stokes put in a good show at nets...
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Joe Root knows how tough it is to work out Ben Stokes' physical condition

Joe Root knows how tough it is to work out Ben Stokes' physical condition

1 month ago   |   By Cricket365

Captain Joe Root will be wary of Ben Stokes' willingness to “put his body on the line” as he makes a late decision on England's team for the first Test against Pakistan.
Stokes has been recovering from the quad injury which saw him play as a specialist batsman in the final match of the West Indies series, but has yet to provide definitive proof he can take on his usual workload with ball in hand.
Should England be satisfied he is back to full health, then batsman Zak Crawley will return after making way for an extra bowler last time out, but if doubts persist then the status quo will...
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Ben Stokes' fitness uncertainty forces Joe Root into late selection dilemma

Ben Stokes' fitness uncertainty forces Joe Root into late selection dilemma

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Root ‘needs to know more' before first Test against Pakistan All-rounder played batsman-only role against West Indies Joe Root will wait on a late fitness test for Ben Stokes before deciding on the make-up of his England XI for the series opener against Pakistan on Wednesday. If the all-rounder is fit to bowl, a headache resurfaces over which seamer to leave out. England have grappled with their bulging bowling stocks all summer but were able to accommodate an extra quick during the series-sealing third Test victory against West Indies last week when a thigh injury forced Stokes to play as...
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England to make late Ben Stokes decision ahead of First Test against Pakistan, Joe Root confirms

1 month ago   |   By Evening Standard

England will leave it until Wednesday morning, when the First Test against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford begins, to make a decision on whether Ben Stokes will play as a specialist batsman or all-rounder.
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