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first_imgEngland captain Joe Root says all-rounder Ben Stokes will continue to be a big part of the team dressing room irrespective of the outcome of his affray trial beginning on Monday.”Stokesy’s got that knack hasn’t he? He wants to be involved in the big moments of the game and he did just that today. He’s gone about things exactly how he was in every other game. And I don’t see that ever changing,” Stokes said.Ben Stokes grabbed four for 40 including the prized wicket of India skipper Kohli that turned the game in England’s favour as they won by 31 runs aginst India in the opening Test at the Edgbaston.ICC trolls Virat Kohli with mic drop tweet after India lose Edgbaston TestRegarding Stokes, the England captain added, “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, to this team and whatever happens going forward he’s going to be a big part of this dressing room.”Nasser Hussain criticises Virat Kohli’s captaincy as India lose in EdgbastonStokes took four wickets including the big one of Kohli to dent India’s chase.”It’s always a miss whenever he’s not playing but we’ve got a good group of players underneath this side who have got an opportunity whoever it is to come in and put in a really strong Test performance,” said Root.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS”So I’ll have to sit down with the selection group and think clearly about what’s the right squad for that surface at Lord’s and then pick accordingly,” he added.advertisementThe all-rounder was charged with affray following a brawl outside a nightclub in Bristol last year.Also read – Adelaide 2014, Birmingham 2018: Virat Kohli let down by India’s other batsmenRoot though, was a happy captain after England held their nerves to beat India in an exciting first Test in Birmingham on Saturday.Also read – 1st Test: Joe Root ‘thrilled to bits’ after England win cliff-hanger vs India”I am thrilled to bits. It has been a fantastic team performance despite the ups and downs the credit must go to the bowling unit more than anything. The easy thing to do is to criticize the batters, but it isn’t easy taking 20 wickets on a pitch like this,” Root said at the post match presentation ceremony.It was a special victory for England as it came in their 1000th Test match.”After three days of fantastic cricket from both sides, it gives us a lot of confidence going into the next game. It is a great start for us in the series, we know there is a lot of work to be done, but it gives us a lot of confidence. It shows that there is so much more than just skills, runs and wickets when it comes to Test cricket at this level. You need some inner belief and steeliness that we have a lot in our dressing room. It is a great time for us and hopefully we can use it going forward,” Root said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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