England allrounder Ben Stokes has been named in England’s 16-man provisional squad for the upcoming T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.
Stokes missed the entire Ashes Series following an incident in September, and is still waiting to see whether he’ll be charged for his alleged involvement in a fight on Bristol Street.
The 26-year-old was recently named in England’s ODI squad for the upcoming five-match series against Australia, but due to the ongoing investigation, was replaced in the squad by Dawid Malan.
England’s squad will be led by Eoin Morgan, and will feature just Malan, James Vince, Joe Root and Tom Curran from the Ashes side.
Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow will be rested from the shortest form of the game, given the pair will also play in the ODI series.
“The T20 Tri-Series will be very competitive against quality opposition in Australia and New Zealand,” chairman of selectors James Whitaker said.
“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.”
The tri-series begins on February 3, with the final to take place in New Zealand on February 21.
England squad: Eoin Morgan (c), 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