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Stokes earns England recall

Ben Stokes has won a recall to the England squad for the first Test against India at Trent Bridge next week.

The Durham all-rounder has been added to the 12-man squad that was named for the series defeat to Sri Lanka last month.

Stokes has played four Tests and was one of the few success stories during the Ashes whitewash in Australia over the winter, but missed the start of the county season after breaking a bone in his hand punching a locker.

He has been in good form with the ball for Durham, taking a career best 10-121 during a recent game against Sussex, but faces increased competition for an all-rounder's role in the wake of Moeen Ali's encouraging start to Test cricket.

The Worcestershire batsman's unbeaten hundred almost saved England from a series defeat against Sri Lanka, and twice in as many Tests his off-spin removed Kumar Sangakkara.

Former England captain and Sky Sports commentator Michael Atherton believes England captain Alastair Cook must throw the ball to Moeen more often if they are to continue to pick him.

"The selectors have got to ask themselves the question: is Moeen Ali the spinner? If he is they've got to have faith in him and bowl him," he said.

"I think he looks alright - he's clearly not the finished article and he's not Graeme Swann. But if they're picking him as a spinner as well as someone who bats they've got to have faith in him and give him the ball."

England squad: A Cook (Essex) (capt), M Ali (Worcestershire), J Anderson (Lancashire), G Ballance (Yorkshire),I Bell (Warwickshire), S Broad (Nottinghamshire), C Jordan (Sussex), L Plunkett (Yorkshire), M Prior (Sussex), S Robson (Middlesex), J Root (Yorkshire), B Stokes (Durham), C Woakes (Warwickshire)