London [U.K]: England pacer Mark Wood has been included in the 15-man ODI squad for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be held from June 2.
The 27-year-old, who has returned to action this season following a six-month injury lay-off, has also been named in the national squad for the three-match series against South Africa and the two ODIs against Ireland early next month.
Although injury problems have restricted Wood to a modest 11 one-day caps since making his debut in 2015, his pace and hostility mark him out as a compelling choice, ESPNcricinfo reported.
Meanwhile, fast bowler Steven Finn has been left out of the England squad for the Champions Trophy, with left-armer Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball being preferred
Finn, however, has been named in the 14-man ODI squad for the two matches against Ireland as is Ben Duckett, who made his debut against Bangladesh last year.
While Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler are unavailable for those games because they are playing in the Indian Premier League ( IPL), Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Sam Billings will return from India for the matches.
Left-armer David Willey, who was forced to miss the three-match ODI series against the West Indies due to a shoulder injury, has been recalled for the Champions Trophy as well as for the ODIs against South Africa and Ireland.
The England squad for Champions Trophy and South Africa series is as follows:
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
Squad for Ireland ODIs:
Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Ben Duckett, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Mark Wood. (ANI)