Ben Stokes will not be playing in the second Test against India which starts on Thursday as he has to appear in court for his affray charge.
England has played other games as without Stokes but still, it remains largely evident that team needs him to tackle India.
His court hearing is expected to last for five days and this is why he cannot be in the Squad to go against India at Lords this Thursday.
During the first Test, Stokes took the initiative to bowl England for a 31-run win at Edgbaston on Saturday.
Stokes was the one to take the wicket of Indian run-mammoth Virat Kohli that turned the first Test in favor of the hosts. He is not only a brilliant bowler but an impressive batsman fielder as well. With his all-rounder abilities, he can very quickly alter the course of a game. England will keenly feel his absence as they chose an extra bowler or batsman to replace him in the team.
The event involving Stokes in a brawl outside a bar saw him getting removed from the position of vice-captain of Test team during 2017/18 ashes that they lost with 4-0. On the Indian subcontinent, Stokes’ value was acknowledged when he became the most expensive player in IPL last year.
In the current scenario, England needs Stokes more than he needs them as the 27 years old cricket rather enjoys T20 tournaments rather than Test cricket like most players of his generation. Speaking to Sky Sports after first Test win, he said: “I’m proud to be part of this group, playing for England means so much.”
Even coach Trevor Bayliss appreciates his performance at Edgbaston. He states, “You wouldn’t have known there was anything coming up. He’s been absolutely golden.”
England has decided to line up Chris Woakes in Stokes’s place, but both the players are not of the same league and Bayliss thinks, the team might call two players to compensate for Stokes. He said, “It will be interesting to see who can step up and take his place. Someone, or two or three guys, will have to step up and do the extra yards.”
He added, ”That will be a telling factor for the next match.”