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by Andrew Wood Tuesday 16 August 2016
Durham cricketers Ben Stokes and Mark Wood have both made a return to the England One-Day international squad which has been picked for the upcoming five-match series against Pakistan.
Stokes makes a return after a recovery from a torn calf muscle he sustained during the second Test against Pakistan in Manchester after he was earlier cleared to take part in the finals day of the NatWest Twenty20 Blast for Durham.
Wood, who recently recovered from his ankle surgery and returned to action for Durham, also features in the 15-man squad which will be led by Eoin Morgan.
Morgan himself is recuperating from a finger injury like Jos Buttler, who is expected to recover in time from his fractured thumb.
England national selector James Whitaker revealed that Stokes will initially play as just a batsman in the series and is expected to assume the all-rounder role as the campaign progresses.
“Ben’s made really significant progress over the last three weeks and our medical team are pleased
“He’s progressing nicely towards bowling over the next week or so, and while we hope that initially, he might just play as a batter he will lead into the series as an all-rounder eventually.
“He’s worked really hard on his rehab and it’s given everyone a lot of confidence.
“To have him around again will be a huge bonus for Eoin Morgan and his team.”
James Vince, who has had a string of below-par displays in Test cricket has been dropped from the squad while his Hampshire team-mate Liam Dawson has been called up to the squad.
Dawson, a left-arm spinner will give added variety for England in the spin bowling department with Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali also in the squad.
Fast bowler Steve Finn has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury which he suffered during the fourth Test against Pakistan at The Oval.
David Willey, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Chris Jordan will be the seam bowling options alongside Wood.
England have currently won three back to back bilateral contests in ODIs against Pakistan in 2010, 2012 and 2015.
England ODI squad v Pakistan
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
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