England selectors have brought back the dynamic Ben Stokes into the ODI and T20 formats for the series against the Proteas early next year… and there is no place for Stuart Broad.
Stokes’ return is at the expense of Liam Plunkett, while Broad was sent home to rest after the Tests in the UAE ahead of this tour.
England coach Trevor Bayliss says this is not the end off the road for Broad in the short formats, but it is clear he is looking to the future, especially with the World T20 looming in March.
‘Broady certainly wants to play and the selectors certainly want him to be available for selection going forward,’ said Bayliss. ‘On this occasion it was one of those things – let’s give these guys a bit more of an opportunity, Stuart’s always there in the background with some big tournaments coming up in the next year or two. ‘
Regarding the World T20, Bayliss added: ‘We did pick this squad sort of thinking well, these guys have done well for us over the last little bit, let’s stick with them a little bit longer and see which ones make a real go of it.’.
Steven Finn also returns with white-ball in hand to complete his rehabilitation.
Batting coach Graham Thorpe will join England coaches Trevor Bayliss, Paul Farbrace and Ottis Gibson for the limited-over series.
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, C), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Reece Topley (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes James Vince (Hampshire)