Left-handed allrounder Willey and fast bowler Wood have recovered from shoulder and ankle injuries well enough to be named in England’s squad for the series‚ which was announced yesterday.
In February and March last year Willey played three ODIs and two T20s on England’s tour of South Africa. He made little impact‚ scoring 18 runs in two innings and taking a wicket in the ODIs. He batted twice in the T20s‚ scoring seven runs, and he took one wicket.
There was no room for the experienced Steven Finn‚ whom Ball replaced. None of Ball’s three Tests and six ODIs was against South Africa.
“It is pleasing that Mark Wood and David Willey are fully fit again. They add variety and quality to our bowling and David’s attacking ability with the bat is also important,” said selector James Whitaker.
England squad and fixtures:
Eoin Morgan (capt)‚ Moeen Ali‚ Jonny Bairstow‚ Jake Ball‚ Sam Billings‚ Jos Buttler‚ Alex Hales‚ Liam Plunkett‚ Adil Rashid‚ Joe Root‚ Jason Roy‚ Ben Stokes‚ David Willey‚ Chris Woakes‚ Mark Wood.
May 24: 1st ODI‚ Leeds;
May 27: 2nd ODI‚ Southampton
May 29: 3rd ODI‚ Lord’s.