Stokes provisionally included in T20I squad

England have named their squad for the triangular T20I series against Australia and New Zealand which gets underway in February.

The squad includes Ben Stokes although his involvement hinges on whether or not he is charged for his alleged involvement in a street brawl outside a Bristol nightspot.

James Vince has earned a recall despite his patchy red-ball form while seamer Mark Wood and batsman Sam Billings have also been recalled.

Chairman of Selectors James Whitaker said: “The IT20 Tri-Series will be very competitive against quality opposition in Australia and New Zealand.

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“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.”

England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood


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)