UNCAPPED left-armer David Payne has been included in a 16-strong squad for England’s five-match T20 series against the West Indies in Barbados next month.

Dorset’s Payne was called up to the ODI squad in the summer but is yet to feature for his country at senior level.

Payne, 30, was raised in Lytchett Matravers and attended Lytchett Minster School. He was also a talented footballer having featured in Cherries’ centre of excellence as a youngster.

The seamer first signed professional terms with Gloucestershire in October 2009 and has spent his entire career with the Bristol-based club.

With the fifth Ashes Test set to finish in Hobart just four days before the first T20 in the Caribbean on January 22, no England player currently attempting to regain the urn in Australia has been considered for selection.

Paul Collingwood, who skippered England to their first-ever global trophy at the 2010 World T20, deputises for Chris Silverwood as head coach for a series that concludes on January 30.

Collingwood said: “We have selected a strong squad with some serious batting power and a balanced attack as we begin preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“The World Cup is less than a year away and there will be increased opportunities for the squad in the absence of those players who are with the Ashes squad.

“I have good memories winning a World Cup in Barbados and I’m really looking forward to going back there with this squad to face a very good West Indies who will test all aspects of our skills.”

Payne, who took six wickets for Welsh Fire in The Hundred, was drafted into England’s squad for the international series against Pakistan in July following a COVID-19 outbreak among the first team but went unselected for the three matches.