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Ben Stokes feeling picky ahead of England’s crunch Test against West Indies

Friendly fire: Stokes roars in at the Ageas Bowl yesterday PICTURE: GETTY

BEN STOKES would like a big say on who takes the field for England against the West Indies next week, when he is set to captain the side.

The 30-strong training group will need to be slimmed down to a Test squad after a three-day intra-squad match starting at the Ageas Bowl tomorrow.

‘When crunch comes to crunch, I would quite like to have a decent say in terms of the final 11 that will be walking out onto the field,’ said 29-year-old Stokes.

‘First game in charge, everyone’s fit and you can only pick 11. I might not have as many friends after this Test match.’