Ben Stokes a fitness doubt for England’s third Test against New Zealand

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Ben Stokes must prove his fitness before the third Test against New Zealand, which starts on Thursday, after the England captain missed the first day of training at Headingley through illness.

Stokes, who is yet to name an official Test vice-captain since taking over from Joe Root this summer, was absent from nets on Tuesday after returning from a weekend visit to his old cricket club, Cockermouth, and reporting a chesty cough.

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