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BEN STOKES NAMED IN ENGLAND’S T20 SQUAD TO FACE AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

16-man squad announced by ECB

Ben Stokes has been included in England’s T20 squad but his involvement remains dependant on legal developments regarding the incident in Bristol.

If the ECB are notified of any potential charge or otherwise, they will meet to form a decision regarding his involvement within 48 hours.

Chairman of Selectors James Whitaker said: “The IT20 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 and a strong performance in this series will give us the chance to progress up the team rankings.

“We felt with that 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.”

Squad

Eoin Morgan* (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).

Fixtures

Prime Ministers XI v England, Friday February 2, Manuka Oval, Canberra

Australia v England, Wednesday February 7, Blundstone Arena, Hobart

Australia v England, Saturday February 10, MCG, Melbourne

New Zealand v England, Tuesday February 13, Westpac Stadium, Wellington

New Zealand v England, Sunday February 18, Seddon Park, Hamilton

IT20 Final, Wednesday February 21, Eden Park, Auckland