English all-rounder Ben Stokes has finally got his place back in the national team as the England Cricket Board (ECB) has included him for the upcoming T20I tri-series in Australia between Australia, New Zealand and England in February.
Though he has been included in the 16-man squad but his availability remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary charges in relation to the Bristol bar incident last September.
ECB said in the press conference: “Should the ECB Board receive formal confirmation that Stokes has either been charged or that he will face no charges, they would convene within 48 hours to make a decision on his availability for the team at that stage.”
James Vince, Mark Wood and Sam Billings have also been included in the T20I team. Vince might have had a torrid time converting his starts in the five-Test Ashes series but the ECB selectors have offered him another chance at the highest level.
Stokes has been in the spotlight in the last few months after getting involved in a fight brawl along with his team-mate Alex Hales. They were even arrested but after some moments they were released by the police. But that didn’t save Stoke from the England board.
Stokes’ name was withdrawn from the Ashes squad and he was banned by the board till next announcement. Seeing England’s terrible performance in the Ashes, some reports were claiming that Stokes will make a comeback in the middle of the series, but that didn’t happen in the end. After all the ups and downs, the all-rounder is finally set to make a comeback in the national team in February.
T20I Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Sam Billings (wk), Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood.