ENG v SL 2021: England announce 16-man T20I squad, Chris Woakes returns to the side after 6 years

The three-match T20I series is slated to begin on June 23 in Cardiff.

England named a strong squad for Sri Lanka T20I series | GettyEngland on Saturday (June 12) announced a 16-member squad for the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting June 23 in Cardiff.

All-rounder Chris Woakes has been named in the squad for the first time in almost six years and he now has the chance to push his case for the ICC T20 World Cup, slated to be held later this year.

While Woakes continues to be a key figure in England's ODI team, also enjoying success in Test cricket, he has earned only 8 T20I caps so far with the last appearance coming in November 2015.

Woakes, who featured in the now-suspended IPL 2021 for Delhi Capitals, will certainly be keen to prove his worth as he has not played for England in any format since September.

Meanwhile, Ben Stokes (broken finger) and Jofra Archer (elbow) remained unavailable for selection due to injuries. David Willey has also received a recall as a result of Reece Topley's side strain.

"With several high-profile players missing through injury, it allows me to look at some of our experienced players who have not featured at this level for some time," said England coach Chris Silverwood, now in charge of selection.

"The likes of Chris Woakes and David Willey are very experienced cricketers, and to have them both in the mix is exciting and shows the depth of squad we have available.

"With the T20 World Cup only a few months away, this summer is about perfecting our team and continuing to progress on the field."

England Squad:

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wkt), Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

T20I Series Schedule:

Jun 23: 1st T20, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Jun 24: 2nd T20, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Jun 26: 3rd T20, Ageas Bowl, Southampton

(With AFP inputs)


By Salman Anjum - 13 Jun, 2021

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