Durham’s Ben Stokes picked for 2016 ICC World Twenty20

Ben Stokes.

Ben Stokes.

Durham’s Ben Stokes has been selected for England’s ICC World Twenty20 squad, who will travel to India next month.

From March 16, Stokes and the team will be in Twenty20 action in India.

Uncapped Liam Dawson is the surprise inclusion in England’s squad.

The Hampshire all-rounder has progressed sufficiently with England Lions to convince the selectors his slow left-arm variety is their best option as a third spinner in sub-continental conditions.

Dawson, who will join England in South Africa next week to shadow the Twenty20 squad in action for two matches in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will have an opportunity then to impress head coach Trevor Bayliss.

The Australian admits he has yet to see Dawson play, but was encouraged by both his ability and his attitude during Lions practice sessions in the United Arab Emirates before Christmas.

Hampshire all-rounder Dawson and frontline seamer Steven Finn, reportedly recovering well from injury, are the only additions for the global tournament to the T20 squad to face South Africa at the end of the ongoing tour.

Chris Woakes is the omission from that 14-man party, to make way for Dawson as an extra spinner and back-up to Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

Full England squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Hampshire), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire).