Stokes to be fit for fourth Test despite knee problem

Although Durham will be without Ben Stokes for its T20 Blast fixture this week, he is in line to face India again next week.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes   -  Getty Images

Ben Stokes suffered a knock to his knee in England's third Test defeat to India, but he is expected to recover in time for the fourth match in Southampton.

Durham all-rounder Stokes was influential for England as it sought to overturn a huge deficit in the fourth innings, pairing with Jos Buttler for a partnership of 169.

The tourists eventually sealed victory by 203 runs at Trent Bridge, narrowing England's series lead to 2-1 ahead of next week's clash at the Rose Bowl.

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Stokes appeared to moving awkwardly at times in Nottingham, with Durham confirming he has a "left knee niggle", although the county believe he will be fit to face India again.

The 27-year-old will miss Durham's T20 Blast quarter-final against Sussex in Chester-le-Street on Friday.

Stokes returned to the England side for the third Test after missing the second match as he stood trial in Bristol, facing a charge of affray. He was found not guilty.