England are 6/1 to win the ICC World Twenty20 after naming the squad which will travel to India next month.
Uncapped Liam Dawson is the surprise inclusion in the 14-man party, with the Hampshire all-rounder having progressed sufficiently with England Lions to convince the selectors his slow left-arm variety is their best option as a third spinner in sub-continental conditions.
Dawson, who will join England in South Africa next week to shadow the Twenty20 squad in action for two matches in Cape Town and Johannesburg, will have an opportunity then to impress head coach Trevor Bayliss.
Dawson and frontline seamer Steven Finn, reportedly recovering well from injury, are the only additions for the global tournament to the T20 squad to face South Africa at the end of the ongoing tour.
Chris Woakes is the omission from that 14-man party, to make way for Dawson as an extra spinner and back-up to Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.
It was confirmed that there will be no place for Kevin Pietersen, the mercurial batsman whose exile from the national team has extended beyond two years since he was axed after England's 2013-14 whitewash Ashes defeat.
England will be accompanied in India by both Mahela Jayawardene and Paul Collingwood, following their coaching stints on tour in the UAE.
Collingwood led England on the pitch to their only global trophy, the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies, and Jayawardene won the latest edition of the same tournament with Sri Lanka.
England are the fourth favourites to win the competition for a second time, with Australia leading the betting at 11/4 ahead of South Africa (4/1) and India (9/2).