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Full-strength England squad named for Pakistan T20I

Ben Stokes will make his first appearance for England in the T20I format since the World T20 final in India.
Ben Stokes will make his first appearance for England in the T20I format since the World T20 final in India.
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England have named a full-strength squad for the lone Twenty20 International against Pakistan which will be played at Old Trafford on 7th September.

Moeen Ali, Joe Root and Alex Hales, who were rested against Sri Lanka will make a return to the squad while Ben Stokes and Mark Wood are returning from injuries.

If Stokes makes it to the playing XI, it will be his first T20I fixture since the final of the 2016 World T20 where he bowled the last over of the final.

Liam Dawson, who took three wickets on his debut against Sri Lanka in July missed out on selection while James Vince, Jonny Bairstow and David Malan also failed to make it into the side.

National selector James Whitaker is pleased with England’s progress in the limited overs formats and has also welcomed back Stokes and Wood into the squad after they recovered from their respective injuries.

“It is excellent to see the progress we are making in white ball cricket across both formats,” Whitaker said.

“The IT20 international against Pakistan will give the squad another opportunity to measure their development.

“The squad has an exciting feel with exceptional talent throughout.

“We are delighted to welcome back Ben Stokes and Mark Wood into the squad.

“Both are world-class players and are an important part of our long-term plans to become the best side in the world.

“It is testament to the excellent work being nurtured in the county structure and through the England Lions, that there is a depth of quality pushing the nucleus of the current group.”

England fast bowler Steven Finn also missed out on selection due to his hamstring injury but he is currently training with the Middlesex squad with an aim to be fit in time for the County Championship match against Nottinghamshire.

England T20 squad v Pakistan:

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood

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