Stokes, Wood return for Pakistan ODIs

Ben Stokes and Mark Wood make their return to a 15-man England ODI squad that is set to play five ODIs against Pakistan.

Ben Stokes has been sidelined with knee and calf injuries this season.   -  Reuters

England dropped struggling batsman James Vince for its one-day international series against Pakistan, it was announced today.

But it has recalled fit-again Durham duo Ben Stokes and Mark Wood into a 15-man squad which also features a call-up for Vince’s Hampshire team-mate Liam Dawson, yet to make his ODI debut.

Vince failed to score a Test 50 after making his debut against Sri Lanka earlier this season and the recent Pakistan series saw the Hampshire captain manage just 158 runs in seven innings at an average of 22.

Meanwhile fast bowler Steven Finn was not included after injuring his hamstring during England’s 10-wicket defeat by Pakistan in last week’s fourth Test at The Oval.

England one-day captain Eoin Morgan has been included despite not playing since breaking a finger batting for Middlesex on July 26.

Stokes has been sidelined with knee and calf injuries this season while Wood has undergone two ankle operations since last playing for England in a Test against Pakistan in Dubai in October.

Spin bowler Dawson made an impressive international debut against Sri Lanka at his Southampton home ground in July, taking three wickets in England’s eight-wicket win.

The five-match one-day series against Pakistan starts in Southampton on August 24.

England squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wkt), Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunket, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

England v Pakistan ODI Fixtures

Aug 24: 1st ODI, Southampton

Aug 27: 2nd ODI, Lord’s

Aug 30: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge

Sep 01: 4th ODI, Headingley

Sep 04: 5th ODI, Cardiff .

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