Stokes, Finn return to ODI and T20I squads for South Africa series

Stokes, Finn return to ODI and T20I squads for South Africa series
Ben Stokes scored 158 and 66 in the two warm-up matches in South Africa.
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The England selectors have named 15-man squads for the One-Day International and Twenty20 International series to face South Africa in February with Ben Stokes and Steven Finn making a return.

The players who are not currently involved in the upcoming four-match Test series will reach South Africa on 23rd January and will begin their preparation.

The England and Wales Cricket Board has also confirmed in a media release that national lead batting coach Graham Thorpe will join the coaching staff of the England team in the limited overs format.

The rest of the squads contains the same players who took part in the victorious campaign against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.

National selector James Whitaker is pleased with the performance of the England limited overs team but is aware that there is a lot of work still to be done.

“The limited overs cricket played by this group of players in the last six months has been very encouraging but we are all aware that there is still plenty of work to do.

“This ODI series against South Africa will be another important opportunity for these players to keep learning and developing their skills.

“With an ICC World T20 later this winter the T20 matches will be a crucial part of our preparations.

“On behalf of the selectors I would like to wish Eoin (Morgan) and Trevor (Bayliss) all the very best.” 

The selectors have also named the England Lions squad captained by James Vince to face Pakistan A in five 50-over matches.

Craig Overton, Toby Roland-Jones and Liam Plunkett all return to the England Lions squad which recently won a T20 series against Pakistan A.

The five-match ODI series between England and South Africa gets underway on 3rd February in Bloemfontein whereas the two T20Is will be played on 19th and 21st February in Cape Town and Johannesburg. 

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes

England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, James Vince

England Lions squad: James Vince (captain), Jake Ball, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Sam Billings, Joe Clarke, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Stephen Parry, Liam Plunkett, Toby Roland-Jones, Tom Westley, Ross Whiteley

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