The England team that went to India for the one-day Test series will be unchanged for the trip to the West Indies next month.

However, opener Alex Hales will be on the side-lines after he broke his hand during the India series.

Despite losing the series in India 2 – 1 Hales is the only member of the 15 man team who has not been kept for the forthcoming tour and no replacement has been named for the Nottinghamshire batsman.

The team is due to play three matches at the beginning of March and Sam Billings will partner Alex Roy at the top of the order.

The Champions Trophy will be taking place in England in June and as a result the selectors have resisted the temptation to change the pace bowling attack.

As a result of this Jake Ball, Liam Plunkett and David Willey will get another chance to press their claims for Champions Trophy places, while the likes of Stuart Broad, Steven Finn and Chris Jordan miss out.

James Whitaker, the chairman of selectors, said, “There is a huge emphasis on white ball cricket during the first half of 2017, as we continue our preparation ahead of this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England. We felt it was important to keep faith with the squad that competed during the recent tour of India.”

He said that the current team are making “excellent progress” under Eoin Morgan and Trevor Bayliss and he thinks the forthcoming tour will be a good opportunity to test themselves in different conditions.

The team will be arriving in St. Kitts and Nevis on 22 February and will then play two warm-up matches at Warner Park before taking on the West Indies twice in Antigua and once in Barbados.