Between them, Stokes, Wood and Woakes have not played a single T20 contest this year – international or domestic – through a combination of injury and rotation, but the selectors have kept faith with their experience. Stokes, England’s Test captain who retired from ODIs in July, will go into the World Cup build-up after 18 months out of the T20I set-up, with his immediate priority being next week’s deciding third Test against South Africa at the Kia Oval.
Wood, who broke down with an elbow injury during England’s Test tour of the Caribbean in March, underwent the second of two operations on the joint in July, although he is expecting to train with the Test team at The Oval this week as he continues his return to action. Woakes, meanwhile, has been hampered by persistent knee problems in recent months, and having been limited to a solitary 2nd XI match for Warwickshire this summer, also underwent surgery in July in a bid to be ready for the World Cup.
England have named three travelling reserves for the World Cup, among them Tymal Mills, who featured in last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE. Unlike his fellow reserves, Liam Dawson and Richard Gleeson, however, Mills will not travel to Pakistan as continues his recuperation from toe surgery earlier this month.
Nottinghamshire’s Ben Duckett is also back in England’s ranks, having played a solitary T20I since 2016, while Jordan Cox receives his first call-up, 12 months on from his starring role in Kent’s T20 Blast triumph in 2021. There is no place, however, for Somerset’s Will Smeed, the scorer of the first Hundred hundred, nor a recall for the ever-prolific Alex Hales.
England T20 World Cup squad Jos Buttler (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Travelling Reserves Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tymal Mills
England T20I squad to tour Pakistan: Jos Buttler (capt), Moeen Ali (vice-capt), Harry Brook, Jordan Cox, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Liam Dawson, Richard Gleeson, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Olly Stone, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Luke Wood, Mark Wood
Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo. @miller_cricket