Unexpected changes in England’s squad:
Ben Stokes was left out of England’s provisional team for next month’s T20 World Cup in Oman and the United Arab Emirates, which was released on Thursday.
Stokes is now on indefinite vacation from cricket to focus on his mental health and recuperate from a finger injury.
The 30-year-old all-rounder, who was a crucial player of the team that won the 2019 50-over World Cup, hasn’t played since July.
“Durham’s Ben Stokes was not available for selection and continues to take an indefinite break from all cricket to prioritize his mental welfare,” the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement.
Fast bowler Tymal Mills, on the other hand, has been called up for the first time since 2017.
Mills has performed admirably in this season’s domestic T20 Blast, as he led the Southern Brave to victory in the inaugural edition of the Hundred.
“I feel we have chosen a group that covers all bases and has the depth to succeed in what is expected to be a very difficult competition involving the greatest players in the world,” England head coach Chris Silverwood said.
“Tymal Mills deserves his inclusion and has shown over the last couple of years, but especially this summer, that he has all the skills to succeed at this level,” he continued.
“His terrific pace is a standout, and the way he has to lead the respective assaults of Sussex and Southern Brave in the short-form game has demonstrated that he embraces the pressures of the big stage.”
Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, and Mark Wood are among the 50-over World Cup winners in Eoin Morgan’s team.
Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone has been named after setting an England T20 record with a 42-ball century against Pakistan earlier this season.
Fast bowler Jofra Archer has already been ruled out due to an elbow injury, while Test captain Joe Root, as predicted, is not included in the 15-man team.
The traveling reserves are Surrey’s Tom Curran and Hampshire’s Liam Dawson and James Vince.
England will play four warm-up matches leading up to the competition, including a two-match T20 series against Pakistan.
England has until October 10 to finalize their squad ahead of the World Cup, which runs from October 17 to November 14.
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince