Stokes in full-strength T20 squad, Dawson misses out
England have brought back several white-ball regulars for the one-off T20 against Pakistan at Old Trafford next week, with Liam Dawson - who took 3 for 27 on debut against Sri Lanka in July - among those to miss out.
Joe Root, Alex Hales and Moeen Ali all return after being rested for the Sri Lanka fixture, while Ben Stokes and Mark Wood are back after recovering from injury. Stokes is in line to play his first T20 international since being hit for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in the final of the World T20 in April.
James Vince, who played against Sri Lanka but was dropped for the one-day series with Pakistan in order to try and find some form in red-ball cricket after a tough introduction to the Test side; Jonny Bairstow, and the uncapped Dawid Malan were the others omitted from England's 14-man squad.
The availability of Moeen as a spinning allrounder, as well as Stokes' return to bowling after a calf tear, may have counted against Dawson, who is currently with the ODI squad but has yet to feature against Pakistan.
Wood has only played one previous T20 for England, taking 3 for 26 against New Zealand last year, but has impressed with the one-day side after recovering from ankle surgery. Alongside Tymal Mills, the Sussex left-armer who also made his debut against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl, and Liam Plunkett, England have the option to field a trio of pace bowlers who can hit 90mph.
The strong squad is another sign of England's commitment to limited-overs cricket. Root has played more games than any other England player in 2016, with 31 appearances so far across the three formats, while Hales and Moeen are not far behind with 29 - seven more than the next most-selected.
"It is excellent to see the progress we are making in white ball cricket across both formats," England's national selector, James Whitaker, said. "The IT20 international against Pakistan will give the squad another opportunity to measure their development.
"The squad has an exciting feel with exceptional talent throughout. We are delighted to welcome back Ben Stokes and Mark Wood into the squad. Both are world-class players and are an important part of our long-term plans to become the best side in the world. It is testament to the excellent work being nurtured in the county structure and through the England Lions, that there is a depth of quality pushing the nucleus of the current group."
England have also announced that Steven Finn has been training with Middlesex after a hamstring injury suffered during the Oval Test against Pakistan and could be fit to play a part in next week's Championship game against Nottinghamshire.
England T20 squad to play Pakistan: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Mark Wood