Chris Woakes in line for England T20 return after five years as Eoin Morgan's 16-man squad named

CHRIS WOAKES has returned to England’s Twenty20 squad more than five years after he last played.

Warwickshire all-rounder Woakes and Yorkshire’s David Willey are both recalled in the absence of the injured Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Reece Topley.

They are part of England’s 16-man squad for three T20s against Sri Lanka later this month.

Woakes, 32, a key member of England’s Test and 50-over teams, did not play a single match for England during the winter because of Covid, selection and logistical reasons.

 He has not played a T20 international since November 2015 while Willey last played in the format in May 2019.

 Hampshire’s Liam Dawson is preferred to Lancashire leggie Matt Parkinson as third spinner alongside Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

 Stokes, who broke his left index finger while playing in the IPL, is expected to return for Durham within the next fortnight.

FULL ENGLAND SQUAD

HERE’S the 16-man party for the T20 games with Sri Lanka on June 24, 26 and 29.

Roy, Buttler (wkt), Bairstow, Malan, Morgan (capt), Livingstone, Moeen, Billings, S.Curran, T.Curran, Dawson, Jordan, Rashid, Willey, Woakes, Wood.

Head coach Chris Siverwood said: “With several high-profile players missing, it allows me to look at experienced players who have not featured for some time.

 “To have Chris Woakes and David Willey back in the mix is exciting and shows our depth.”

It comes as England cricket chiefs probe historic messages from T20 skipper Eoin Morgan and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler – in light of the Ollie Robinson tweets.

The Telegraph claims the matter relates to posts where the duo appear to mimic Indian people saying 'Sir'.

Buttler reportedly says: “I always reply sir no1 else like me like you like me” while Morgan says in a message to Buttler: “Sir you're my favourite batsman”.

Some posts have now been deleted but the original context of them is unclear, the report adds.

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