Stokes misses home T20 clash with West Indies

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes

England star Ben Stokes will not play the T20 international against the West Indies at Chester-le-Street a week on Saturday.

The all-rounder has been given a break from the international season and will miss the clash on his home Durham ground.

Moeen Ali is also rested, though both return for the five-match Royal London ODI Series.

In two 14-man squads announced tonight, the selectors have sprung few surprises.

Moeen and Stokes, like several others in both squads expected to figure heavily in this winter’s Ashes, have been prescribed a short rest towards the end of a summer containing seven Tests and a Champions Trophy campaign.

The most notable omission from both lists is fast bowler Mark Wood, a central figure in the Champions Trophy but who has since suffered with a heel injury which interrupted his Test summer and has kept him out of action since mid-July.

Surrey seamer Tom Curran is named in both squads and therefore has a chance to add an ODI debut to his two Twenty20 caps to date.

Fit-again Chris Woakes is back for the ODIs - with his fellow seamer Jake Ball in both squads - but Steven Finn misses out.

England’s 14-man squad for the one-off NatWest T20 International against West Indies at Chester-le-Street on September 16: E Morgan (Captain), J Bairstow, J Ball, J Buttler, T Curran, L Dawson, A Hales, C Jordan, D Malan, L Plunkett, A Rashid, J Root, J Roy, D Willey.

England’s 14-man squad for five-match Royal London one-day international series against West Indies, starting on September 19: E Morgan (capt), M Ali, J Bairstow, J Ball, J Buttler, T Curran, A Hales, L Plunkett, A Rashid, J Root, J Roy, B Stokes, D Willey, C Woakes.