England’s selectors have named a 16-man squad for the T20I Tri-Series in Australia and New Zealand next month, which includes suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes.
However, the Durham man’s availability is subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September, which prompted the ECB to suspend him for the Ashes.
Meanwhile, England have opted to rest Jonny Bairstow and Mooen Ali for the tournament, with the the ODI and Test series against New Zealand during the spring in mind.
England’s 16-man T20I squad in full: Eoin Morgan (Captain, Middlesex), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Kent batsman Sam Billings, who has been representing the Sydney Sixers in Australia’s Big Bash League, enters the squad alongside James Vince and the fit-again Mark Wood, after the latter was forced to miss the entire Ashes series.
James Whitaker, ECB chairman of selectors, said: “The T20I Tri-Series will be very competitive against quality opposition in Australia and New Zealand. Our limited overs cricket has been progressing nicely across both formats so this tournament will be another indicator on where we are heading as a team over the long-term. Our aim is to become the best T20 side in the world.”
Unlike Bairstow and Ali, Joe Root and Dawid Malan will not be rested, with Whitaker adding: “We felt it was important for Dawid Malan and Joe Root, who have had an intense period of Test cricket over the past few months, to play in the series and continue to develop their T20 experience and skills.”
Schedule – Gillette International T20I series
Prime Ministers XI v England, Friday February 2, Manuka Oval, Canberra (7.15pm Local Time)
Australia v England, Wednesday February 7, Blundstone Arena, Hobart (7.40pm Local Time)
Australia v England, Saturday February 10, MCG, Melbourne (7.20pm Local Time)
New Zealand v England, Tuesday February 13, Westpac Stadium, Wellington (7.00pm Local Time)
New Zealand v England, Sunday February 18, Seddon Park, Hamilton (7.00pm Local Time)
IT20 Final, Wednesday February 21, Eden Park, Auckland (7.00pm Local Time)