England drop Foakes, Stokes fitness to be assessed

England have dropped Ben Foakes for the third Test against West Indies, while Ben Stokes' fitness will be assessed, as Keaton Jennings is set to earn a recall.

Jennings missed out on the 10-wicket defeat in Antigua last time out, having made scores of 17 and 14 in the 381-run hammering to start the series.

Foakes, who made a century on debut in Sri Lanka towards the end of 2018, suffered a hand injury in the second Test and while set to recover in time to feature, has been left out of a 12-man squad for the game in St Lucia.

Jonny Bairstow is most likely to take over wicketkeeping duties and could drop back down the order from number three, while all-rounder Stokes is struggling with a heel problem and a final decision will be taken on his availability on the morning of the game.

Should Stokes miss out, Sam Curran will keep his place after it was suggested the left-armer would make way in the XI for the extra pace of Mark Wood.
 

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Keaton Jennings, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood.

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