Woakes returns to England T20 squad for the Sri Lanka series

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12 Jun 2021 | 05:19 PM
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Woakes returns to England T20 squad for the Sri Lanka series

Willey, Dawson also make a comeback while Stokes, Archer remain unavailable due to injury

Chris Woakes has been recalled to England's Twenty20 squad for the time since 2015 after being included in a 16-man party for the upcoming three-match series at home against Sri Lanka.

Part of the Delhi Capitals in the recent IPL season, the Warwickshire all-rounder last played a T20I against Paksitan in November 2015.

Also making a comeback is Yorkshire seamer David Willey who last played a T20I in May 2019. Hampshire spinner Liam Dawson, who last played an IT20 for England in February 2018 in New Zealand, is one of three specialist spinners in the squad.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes (broken finger) and Jofra Archer (elbow) remain unavailable through injury, with Reece Topley's side strain leading to a recall for his fellow left-arm paceman David Willey  

"With several high-profile players missing through injury, it allows me to look at some of our experienced players who have not featured at this level for some time," said England coach Chris Silverwood, now in charge of selection.

"The likes of Chris Woakes and David Willey are very experienced cricketers, and to have them both in the mix is exciting and shows the depth of squad we have available.

"With the T20 World Cup only a few months away, this summer is about perfecting our team and continuing to progress on the field."

The Sri Lanka series starts in Cardiff on June 23.

England squad:

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wkt), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

England v Sri Lanka T20 fixtures:

Jun 23: 1st T20, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (Day-Night)
Jun 24: 2nd T20, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (Day-Night)
Jun 26: 3rd T20, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (Day)

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