South Africa v England: Ben Stokes named within the Twenty20 squad for the White Ball tour
Stokes averaged 17.94 with the bat and has taken 14 wickets in 26 T20 caps for England. His last T20I appearance was in Centurion against South Africa in February 2020
Ben Stokes was named on the England Twenty20 squad for the White Ball tour of South Africa next month.
The all-rounder missed the second half of the international summer to be with his father Ged, who has brain cancer.
England will play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals behind closed doors from November 27th.
Stokes, seaman Jofra Archer and all-rounder Sam Curran are in the T20 roster but will be resting for the one-day series.
All three have played in the Indian Premier League, which takes place in the United Arab Emirates, and will return home from South Africa after the T20 series.
"There are several players playing each format for England. We are just very aware of how much cricket we have," said national selector Ed Smith.
"We want them to be at their best when they play for England and that means they take the opportunity to take a break from cricket."
England are slated to face Sri Lanka and India in early 2021, but neither tour has been confirmed.
Pakistan has too invited England to take part in a short limited overs tour early next year.
"It's great to have Ben back."
Stokes returned to cricket with the Rajasthan Royals in October, averaging 40.71 in that season's IPL.
"Ben is an exceptional competitor, a winner and someone who gives something to the team," added Smith.
Captain Eoin Morgan, who also plays with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, will lead England in both formats.
The team will travel to South Africa on November 16 and play in the Newlands of Cape Town and nearby Paarl.
They will be based in Cape Town and train at the Western Province Cricket Club, where they will play three intra-squad games before the first T20.
The three ODI matches count towards qualification for the 2023 World Cup in India.
In the meantime, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that it will invest £ 1m in grassroots cricket.
The # Funds4Runs campaign, co-funded with LV = General Insurance, will help support cricket communities affected by Covid-19.
Associations can register their interest in ECB website.
Twenty20 squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey) Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), Mark Wood (Durham).
One day squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire )), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Reserves for both formats: Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Tom Helm (Middlesex).
South Africa tour schedule
- Friday November 27th – first T20, Newlands, Cape Town (16:00 GMT)
- Sunday, November 29th – 2nd T20, Boland Park, Paarl (12:30 GMT)
- Tuesday December 1st – 3rd T20, Newlands, Cape Town (16:00 GMT)
- Friday December 4th – first ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (11:00 GMT)
- Sunday, December 6th – second ODI, Boland Park, Paarl (08:00 GMT)
- Wednesday December 9th – Third ODI, Newlands, Cape Town (11:00 GMT)