Stokes sidelined for Windies T20 rematch

England allrounder misses home-town appearance while middle-order batsman Dawid Malan admits one eye already on the Ashes

England's star allrounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali have been rested from England's solitary T20 fixture against the World Champion West Indies, to be played on Stokes' home ground in Durham.

Having the local hero rested has not gone down well with fans, and Stokes will miss the opportunity to redeem himself after being slammed for four straight sixes in last year's World T20 final, the last time the sides met in a 20-over match.

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But England's allrounder duo will return for the five-match ODI series that starts three days later in Manchester, where Stokes will resume his running battle with Marlon Samuels who this week warned the England player to "stay on the boundary when I’m batting".

"With me coming to England, he should stay on the boundary when I’m batting, as far away as possible," Samuels told The Guardian.

"As long as he keeps quiet, I won’t start anything, so if anything does happen that means he has said something to me first."

The rivalry offers an intriguing sub-plot to the ODI series, with Stokes one demerit point away from earning an ICC Code of Conduct ban.

Should Stokes make it through the third Test match and to the final 50-over match against the Windies with further infraction, he then faces the possibility of being rubbed out for an Ashes Test.

The heat will be on England who face a deciding Test match against the West Indies at Lord's, starting Thursday, after they were beaten by five wickets at Headingley last week.

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For middle-order batsman Dawid Malan, it will mark the first time in an England cap on his home ground for, and he admits he has one eye on an Ashes berth that would "mean everything".

"I am trying not to look that far ahead but you know the history of English cricket with Australia, especially with the tour down under, so it would be fantastic to get some more runs during this Test and to get on the plane," Malan told Sky Sports.

"It's been a fantastic experience. I've been watching these guys on TV for a few years now and it's great to suddenly be part of this.

"To get some runs has obviously helped my cause a little bit.

"The pace is obviously a bit different, you don't get bowlers in county cricket as fast and you probably get less bad balls in Test cricket. You have to be a lot more disciplined.

"It's an exciting time for me to be involved and show what I can do."

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The Middlesex batsman who grew up in South Africa celebrated his 30th birthday last Sunday, and had been expecting to play in T20 leagues in Bangladesh and South Africa this summer.

“If someone had told me at the beginning of the year, or four years ago, that I would play a Test match for England, I would probably have laughed at them,” said Malan

“I don’t think I will ever be relaxed walking out there but I think you feel more comfortable. I have played a lot of cricket here and I enjoy batting at Lord’s. Hopefully I can get in, get stuck in and not give it away.”

England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey

West Indies T20 squad: Carlos Brathwaite (c), Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. (ODI squad TBC)

England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes


Only T20: September 16, Chester-le-Street

1st ODI: September 19, Old Trafford

2nd ODI: September 21, Trent Bridge

3rd ODI: September 24, Bristol

4th ODI: September 27, The Oval

5th ODI: September 29, Ageas Bowl