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India vs England: It will be tough selection for third Test, says Jos Buttler

With Stokes back and his replacement at Lord's, Woakes, grabbing the opportunity with a maiden hundred, England could face a selection dilemma ahead of the third Test.

Reported by: PTI, London [ Published on: August 15, 2018 22:29 IST ]
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Chris Woakes and James Anderson of England lead their team from the field

With Ben Stokes back and his replacement at Lord's, Chris Woakes, grabbing the opportunity with a maiden hundred, England could face a selection dilemma ahead of the third Test against India, feels wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.

"It will be a tough selection for the third Test at Trent Bridge. Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have won the Man of the Match awards in the first two Tests and, with Ben Stokes coming back into the squad, it will be a difficult decision for the coach and captain," Buttler wrote in Sky Sports.

England lead the five-match series 2-0 after wins in Birmingham and London.

All-rounder Stokes returned to the side after being found not guilty at the Bristol Crown Court yesterday.

"... But Stokes walks into most teams around the world and so, back available, I'm sure he will be one of the first names on the team sheet. I'm looking forward to seeing him joining us back at training." 

"It has been a difficult 10 or 11 months for him, I'm sure, but it's important for him that he can get back to being the amazing cricketer we know and love." 

"The England dressing room is high on confidence after two big wins against the world number one team.

"The atmosphere among the lads is great after such an emphatic win over India at Lord's. The dressing room is a special place to be on days like that - celebrating with your teammates, it's one of the most enjoyable parts of playing cricket.

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