Windies vs England: Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler rested from T20 series

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings and batsman Dawid Malan find a place in the 14-man England squad.

Ben Stokes (left) and Jos Buttler are currently participating in the ODI series against Windies.   -  AFP

Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will be rested for England’s Twenty20 series against the Windies, selectors announced on Thursday.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings and batsman Dawid Malan return to the 14-man squad for the first time since last year’s tour of Australia and New Zealand. Stokes and Buttler were both involved in the Test series in the Windies and are playing in the ongoing One-Day International (ODI) series which ends on March 2, 2019.

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England, which lost the recent Test series against the West Indies 2-1, is 1-0 up in the five-match ODI series after beating the host by six wickets in Barbados on Wednesday.

England faces a packed schedule in 2019, including a World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series.

England squad
  • Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, David Willey, Mark Wood.

Fixtures
  • 1st T20I - March 5, St Lucia
  • 2nd T20I - March 8, Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • 3rd T20I - March 10, Saint Kitts and Nevis.