Duo's inclusion pleases Bayliss

07 December 2017 04:16:32 EST

England have included Ben Stokes and Alex Hales in their one-day squad for the five-match series against Australia in the new year.

Stokes is currently playing domestic cricket in New Zealand for Canterbury and has not played in the first two Tests against the Baggy Greens.

Australia beat England by ten wickets in the first Test in Brisbane before easing to a 120-run victory in the second match in Adelaide.

The first one-day international takes place on 14th January in Melbourne.

England's one-day squad to face Australia:
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

When asked about the inclusion of Stokes and Hales in the one-day squad, head coach Trevor Bayliss said: "It will be good. They are two quality players in a successful one-day team over the last two years.

"I am sure there will be scrutiny. We won't know until it comes along. We have got to adjust to that at some stage.

"Jonny [Bairstow] and Jason [Roy] have played well at top of the order so I can't see any changes there."

England are 12/1 to retain The Ashes while David Warner is 15/8 to score the fastest 50 in the series.

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