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July 24, 2014

Should England have dropped Ben Stokes from the squad for the third Test?


He's been in disastrous form with the bat. If you don't drop a batsman after he's scored three successive ducks, you are never going to drop him.


It can only do Stokes good that the selectors are backing him through the toughest of times. He's sure to bounce back eventually. Beside his bowling form has been quite good.


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July 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT


I think Ben Stokes is a fine talent and should be persisted with. If he finds form with the bat, he could be a pocket Botham. As it is, after KP's exit, the only entertainment this England side seems capable of providing is of the field - from one Jimmy Anderson. Ben Stokes at least has the potential to provide it, off both ball and bat. Give him a good chance.

July 25, 2014, 7:19 GMT


There are three kinds of all rounders in cricket. 1) Who comes into to the team on the basis of either batting or bowling alone. Very rare species. Example Garry Sobers , probably Kallis in his initial years. 2) who comes into the team on the basis of one of the two dimesnions and the other one is an added bonus. Example : Imran Khan, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev, Richar Hadlee , even Ashwin.

3) Bits players, who don't qualify on the basis on either discipline alone, but comes in due to combination of both.Exmple: Jadeja, Watson,Stokes, Moeen Ali

Problem is , you can't have Stokes and Moeen in the same team in tests. Only one among them should be played based on conditions and in England this should be Stokes. The absence of a specialist spinner is making this difficult and England should do well to replace Stokes by a specialist pace bowler for the time being.

But Stokes is the ideal 4th seamer for England in the near future.

July 24, 2014, 23:49 GMT


Yes. He does seem to have potential, but he also seems to be a loose cannon. In a struggling team, you can't really carry that additional baggage. Bring back Jordan, who is a much more reliable player - especially if they can get him to sort out his run-up, so as to generate another yard of pace (which his physique surely has the capability for).

July 24, 2014, 22:07 GMT


Does eng has a choice.....well they do.....where did Chris Jordan go wrong...he can bat pretty gud...nd ya hes not tht pact...but stokes isn't troubling Indians

July 24, 2014, 20:39 GMT


Yes. Ben Stokes is one of the reasons that England persistently keep wondering why they keep losing. His batting has again and again been covered up by the tail enders, but it is time for him to give way to, for example, Chris Jordan. His bowling hasn't been brilliant- yes he has picked up a few wickets- but it's not as if he has been outstanding. He is a waste of a player in the side. A specialist bowler or batsman could easily be picked who would give England another dimension. Stokes is just someone to get through a few overs, wait for the batsman to make a very silly mistake, and then wait two or three balls before making getting out himself. Replacing hm is a very smart, potentially series winning move.

August 13, 2014, 3:26 GMT


I think it was harsh to drop stokes after one test he did enough with the ball and I'm sure his stronger suit his batting will come good woakes and Jordan weren't any better in the fourth test so I think you have to stick with stokes give him a chance before you drop him the inconsistent selecting of teams is a worry some players like robson gets another chance and stokes only gets one test that's crazy if your going give players afew chances I agree with that but you have to give everyone afew chances stokes didn't get that

July 26, 2014, 2:21 GMT


I think England should give rest to Ben Stokes and give chance to Ravi Bhopara .

July 25, 2014, 9:50 GMT


He must be in the team...He is a quality player with the bat and he will perform in the next match.....Also,His is pretty good too.So why would you ever consider dropping him.....Even in this bad form with the bat he must be in the team for his Bowling alone....He is doing one job well and he will soon perform with the bat also....If England drop him now it will shatter his confidence....He is a fine allrounder and England must not waste him.....

July 24, 2014, 22:52 GMT


I think his bowling is alright at the moment. However, he's been coming way down the order, batting at No. 8, with the team under pressure, and should be put to bat at No. 6, since that is his actual batting position, and from that batting position, he can get time to assess the conditions, and play naturally. I personally think he's a handy-man in the team. He can get 35-40 runs, and take 1-2 wickets every innings on average, which is what Team England need - a handy contributor who can make the difference when it really matters.

July 24, 2014, 18:10 GMT


I think Ben Stokes should stay in the playing XI for England. Considering the fact that he plays at no.8, he is in the team more as a bowler than a batsman. His bowling performance has caused trouble to the Indian batsmen on quite a few occasions in this series and he has been able to take crucial wickets for England.