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Morgan,Hales to return to England ODI team

Press Association logoPress Association 4/12/2016

Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales' return to international action will be confirmed when England announce their limited-overs squads to face India.

Captain Morgan and record-breaking opener Hales caused a stir when they opted out of their country's last one-day international tour of Bangladesh because of security fears following the terrorist attack on a Dhaka cafe five months ago.

England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss responded - before Jos Buttler stepped in to lead the team to a hard-fought 2-1 series victory - by voicing his "disappointment" at Morgan and Hales' absence.

However, Strauss has never given any strong indication of anything other than the pair's likely return to face India in January and February in three one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

Before November's second Test of the ongoing five-match series against India, he revisited his previous promise that, despite "no guarantees" of future inclusion, Morgan's Bangladesh opt-out would not be held against him.

"It was a difficult process leading into the Bangladesh tour, and we told the players there wouldn't be any recriminations for pulling out," Strauss said.

"I stand by what I said, and there is every reason to expect Eoin Morgan will come back in as captain against India."

Further down the list, it is not so clear-cut for the selectors, who will announce the squad on Monday.

Joe Root, rested for the ODI tour in Bangladesh, is expected to travel this time - as a new father following the birth of his first child due in early January.

Two remaining places for specialist batsmen appear to lie between Ben Duckett, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow and James Vince.

Among England's first-choice all-rounders, a rest will probably be prescribed for up to two who regularly feature in all formats.

Chris Woakes' knee niggle may mean he is one who stays at home this time, possibly alongside Moeen Ali, whose absence would require an extra spin selection to join Adil Rashid, with all-rounder Liam Dawson the likeliest lad.

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