Ben Stokes back in England squad for 3-ODI series vs India

first_imgEngland all-rounder Ben Stokes is back in the one-day team for the three-match series against India starting next month.The 27-year-old, who sustained the injury before the second test against Pakistan this month, is expected to return to the field in a domestic Twenty20 match for the Durham Jets on July 5, a week before the ODI series begins.The all-rounder last competed in a 50-over international for England in New Zealand, which was his first competitive action after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) banned him from international cricket after his involvement in the incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September of last year.With the India ODI series beginning on July 12, Stokes will be able to build-up match practice ahead of the five-match Test series with India, starting August 1.If Stokes is deemed fully fit for Durham, he could also play in the third international Twenty20 against India on July 8.England are seeking to continue a winning run that saw them to an ODI series whitewash of Australia this month.Batsman Sam Billings, who has failed to impress for England in his past two call-ups, has been left out of the squad.All-rounder Sam Curran, who made his ODI debut against Australia last week, has also failed to make the cut.Fellow all-rounder Chris Woakes is still recovering from a thigh muscle tear and persistent knee injury but could return for the latter part of the India series.Team: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood.advertisement(With Reuters inputs)last_img