Ben Stokes sets the standard for England, says captain Joe Root

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Ben Stokes has set the standard for England’s preparations before Thursday’s Test series opener against Pakistan at Lord’s, a match that will be the talismanic all-rounder’s first appearance on home soil since his arrest in Bristol last September.

That was the verdict of Joe Root after his side’s final net session on Wednesday, with the England captain confident Stokes “will give everything” this summer and not be distracted by the impending trial that will see him sit out August’s second Test with India.

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