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Fit-again Ben Stokes returns in England squad for India ODIs

Stokes, who tore his left hamstring during the Pakistan Test series, did not take part in England's 6-0 whitewash of Australia.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: June 29, 2018 18:27 IST ]
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A file image of England's Ben Stokes

All-rounder Ben Stokes has been named in the 14-member England squad for the three-match ODI series against India, starting July 18. Stokes, who tore his left hamstring during the Pakistan Test series, did not take part in England's 6-0 whitewash of Australia.

He was also not picked for the three-match T20 International against India in order to give him full time to recuperate. The Men in Blue are currently playing a two-match series against Ireland which they lead 1-0 and will play the 2nd T20I on June 29. 

However, if Stokes is fully fit, he could be back in action for the final T20 International against India.

"If he can prove his fitness on his return to competitive cricket, Stokes is also in contention to return to the T20 squad for the third T20 against India in Bristol on Sunday, July 8," the ECB said in a statement.

The ECB also made it clear that if all-rounder Chris Woakes regains full fitness, he will be considered as the 15th member of the squad.

"If he (Woakes) proves his fitness, he could be added to the squad during the latter part of the ODI series," said the ECB.

England team comprises of all the current form players like Jos Buttler, Jason Roy and Jony Bairstow, who have been putting on an impressive show lately and will hope to make most of the home advantage against the Indians. 

The first ODI on July 12 will be played at Trent Bridge (Nottingham) followed by the second at the Lord's (Jun 14) and final match at the Headingley (Leeds) on June 17.

The England limited-over squad has been in terrific form so far, clean sweeping Australia in the five-match ODI series and the one-off T20I. When it comes to the longest format of the game, the Three Lions have plenty to work on as they take on India in a five-match rubber.

The Brits will hope to continue their great run against India, who are as well in great shape. 

ODI Team Squads

England ODI Squad: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood.

India ODI Squad: Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Lokesh Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar

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