England names Dawson in World Twenty20 squad

England players leave the field after losing the 3rd One Day International cricket match against South Africa at the Centurion Park stadium in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. South Africa beat England by 7 wickets with 22 balls remaining. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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LONDON (AP) England selectors have named uncapped allrounder Liam Dawson in the squad for next month's World Twenty20 tournament in India.

Dawson did enough with England Lions during December practice sessions in the United Arab Emirates to convince selectors that his slow left-arm variety is their best option as a third spinner in sub-continental conditions.

He will join England in South Africa next week to shadow the Twenty20 squad in action for two matches in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Dawson and frontline seamer Steven Finn, who is recovering from injury, are the only additions to the T20 squad to face South Africa on the current tour.

Chris Woakes makes way for Dawson as an extra spinner and back-up to Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.

The tournament runs March 8 to April 3.