Yorkshire all-rounder Chris Woakes returns to the team. England head coach Chris Silverwood selected him into the 16-man squad for the Vitality T20I series against Sri Lanka.
The three-game series will also see the return of left fast bowler Dawid Willey. The Yorkshire Quick, who last played in 2019, will try to make an impression ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in India.
England head coach Chris Silverwood stressed that the upcoming games will be a preparation for the global T20 event. In the absence of some regular cricketers, Silverwood will have the opportunity to see some seasoned cricketers who haven’t played in a while.
“With the T20 World Championship only a few months away, this summer will be about perfecting our team and making further progress on the field. We want to approach each series with an influx of players looking to win every game and give us the best preparation as we get closer to the tournament, “said Silverwood.
“Since several top-class players are absent due to injuries, I can take a look at some of our experienced players who have not played at this level for a while. Players like Chris Woakes and David Willey are very seasoned cricketers and having both in the mix is exciting and shows the depth of our roster. I want our team to play an offensive style of play, “added Silverwood.
Liam Dawson among three specialized spinners in the English squad
Meanwhile, English all-rounders Ben Stokes, fast bowler Jofra Archer and Reece Topley were not considered for selection as they continued to nurse their injuries.
Hampshire spinner Liam Dawson, who is returning to the English squad for the first time since 2018, will also have the opportunity to make an impression against Sri Lanka. The T20I series begins on June 23rd in Cardiff and will be followed by the games on June 24th and June 26th.
England’s squad for the T20I series against Sri Lanka:
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)