England all-rounder Ben Stokes who bowled brilliantly in the first test to help the hosts defend a small target of 194 runs will miss the second test on August 9.

Stokes will appear at Bristol Crown Court on Monday owing to a charge of affray last year. However, he has pleaded not guilty.

Note: Stokes can play in the 2nd test only if the hearing gets adjourned. The incident had kept him out of the Ashes series at home.

The 26-year-old took four wickets in the fourth innings including the India skipper Virat Kohli that set the match in favor of England. Overall, he picked six wickets in the match.

England skipper Joe Root backed his team-mate and said they would welcome him back to the team. He spoke, “When he turns up to practice or as soon as he puts on an England shirt he’s so dedicated to this group of players and to this team. Whatever happens, going forward, he’s going to be a big part of this dressing room.”

England pacer, Chris Woakes is also likely to miss the next test. He is recuperating from an injury. However, the hosts hope that the all-rounder will be fit to take Stoke’s place, if necessary.

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