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England's history boys retain their place for series against Windies


Top stuff: Ben Foakes was the man of the series in Sri Lanka
Top stuff: Ben Foakes was the man of the series in Sri Lanka

By Rory Dollard

England have kept faith with the squad that delivered an historic Test whitewash in Sri Lanka, naming the same 16 players that finished that tour for next month's series against the West Indies.

That means no place for Surrey's Ollie Pope, who was initially selected for Sri Lanka but left early to get game time with the Lions, and a reprieve for Kent's Joe Denly.

The uncapped 32-year-old was not required during the 3-0 win but will once again travel as batting cover for the three Tests, ahead of Pope and his overlooked county colleague Jason Roy.

Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes was a late addition in Sri Lanka after an injury to Jonny Bairstow and deservedly takes his place as a first-choice pick after collecting man of the series honours.

The 15-man one-day squad also has a familiar look as the countdown to next summer's World Cup continues.

Left-armer David Willey returns and Mark Wood is included ahead of Olly Stone, who made his bow in Sri Lanka.

Ben Stokes and Alex Hales have both been named in the ODI squad less than a week after a disciplinary hearing into their roles in a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, with all-rounder Stokes also included in the Test squad.

National selector Ed Smith said: "Ben is in all England formats and is one of our leading cricketers. Alex has been a central part of the white-ball team for a number of years."

Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya, meanwhile, has been banned from international cricket with immediate effect because of an illegal bowling action.

The International Cricket Council announced the ban yesterday after Dananjaya was reported during the first Test against England in Galle at the start of November, which the tourists won by 211 runs on their way to a historic 3-0 whitewash.

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