Cape Town - England limited over skipper Eoin Morgan has defended the
decision to rest Ben Stokes for the one-off T20I against the West Indies in
The move to rest the all-rounder for the only international
match to be staged at his home ground of Chester-Le-Street has angered some
associated with the club.
Morgan though feels that Stokes fitness is of primary
Speaking ahead of the match in the north of England Morgan
said: "I can see both sides of it, of course guys want to see him play.
"And if there wasn't an injury risk down the line or a
huge Ashes tour coming up potentially he might be able to play.
"It's unfortunate it has to be a game at his home
ground but we have to stay strong with the decisions and the plans we have so
down the line we don't regret playing him in a one-off game."
The last time these teams met in a T20I was the World T20
final where Stokes got hammered by now skipper of the West Indies Carlos
Morgan feels that the match doesn't weigh heavily on the
world class all-rounder.
He would add: "It's a long time ago. Ben has obviously
learned a lot since then, become a more senior, more experienced player since
then and he's better for the experience.
"We played Windies in March and Ben bowled at
Carlos...he got him out in the last game."
England wrap up their home season with five ODIs after the
one-off T20I and their next assignment will then be the Ashes tour which gets
underway in November.