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Roy returns as England name limited-overs squads to face West Indies

September 5, 2017

England's squads to face the West Indies in one Twenty20 match and five one-day internationals later this month have been named. 

The selectors have brought Jason Roy back into the squad for the 50-over games, giving him a chance to regain his place in the side after he was dropped for his poor form during the ICC Champions Trophy earlier this summer. 

Fans booking corporate hospitality for the one-day international at the Kia Oval on September 27th will be hoping the Surrey batsman makes it back into the side. 

Roy may not be the only Surrey player in action, as pace bowler Tom Curran is also in the squad. Curran made his England Twenty20 debut against South Africa earlier this summer and has been included in both limited-overs squads. 

Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali will be missing from the Twenty20 squad as they are rested with the Ashes in mind, but they will be back for the 50-over series. 

The Twenty20 match is a repeat of last year's ICC World T20 final, when Stokes was hit for four sixes in the final over by Carlos Brathwaite. However, the man who carried the West Indies innings that day was arguably all-rounder Marlon Samuels, with 85 not out. 

Samuels and Stokes have plenty of history and while there will not be any on-field verbals at Stokes' home ground in County Durham, the two could lock horns again in the one-day games. 

Their contretemps began in the 2015 Test series in the West Indies, with Samuels memorably responding to getting Stokes out by performing a stylish salute as he held his cap across his chest. There were more verbals in the World T20 final and Samuels has urged Stokes to stay out of his way this month.

In an interview with the Guardian, he remarked: “With me coming to England, he should stay on the boundary when I’m batting, as far away as possible.

Samuels added: "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 Jamaican said Stokes had indeed been quiet during the Indian Premier League - a tournament in which he had been the outstanding player - and he acknowledged that the Durham star is a "tough cookie" for coming back as he has from that notorious over against Brathwaite. 

Stokes will need to maintain his discipline, as he is one demerit point away from suspension after using audible bad language during the Headingley Test, with the risk this could get him ruled out of an Ashes Test. Even so, Stokes v Samuels will be a battle well worth watching. 

The fact that Samuels can play alongside explosive opening batsman Chris Gayle is due to an amnesty by the West Indian board, which had previously placed strict criteria over the number of domestic games players had to feature in to be selected in the national side. Many have blamed a string of bad results on their absence.

However, in the absence of Samuels and Gayle the young Test team surprised just about everyone by bouncing back from their Edgbaston drubbing to win at Headingley. With the final Test at Lord's starting this week, the West Indies side have another chance to show it is not all about missing stars.

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