Ben Stokes: Eoin Morgan says England right to rest all-rounder for T20

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Ben Stokes averages 14 with the bat and 48 with the ball in 21 T20 internationals
England v West Indies: Twenty20
Venue: Emirates Riverside Date: Saturday 16 September Time: 18:30 BST
Coverage: Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website on desktop, tablet and app

Captain Eoin Morgan says England are right to rest Ben Stokes for Saturday’s Twenty20 against West Indies at Chester-le-Street.

Durham are unhappy the all-rounder will not play on his home ground, having focused on him to market the game.

Stokes, 26, will play in the five-match one-day series that follows, and is set to be a key figure in England’s Ashes campaign in Australia this winter.

“It’s unfortunate it has to be a game at his home ground,” said Morgan.

“But we have to stay strong with the decisions and plans we have so down the line we don’t regret playing him in a one-off game.”

The sold-out T20 is the first international to be staged at Chester-le-Street since Durham lost the right to host Tests as part of their punishment by the England & Wales Cricket Board