Morgan, Buttler return as England name squad for Pakistan T20Is


London: Eoin Morgan will return to lead England in three-match T20I series against Pakistan with eight others included, who missed out on ODI series due to COVID-19 outbreak within the hosts’ camp.

England had to pick an entirely new squad for the ODIs against Pakistan after several players and support tested positive for the coronavirus while the rest had to self-isolate. It didn’t hurt England’s cause as they completely dominated and whitewashed Pakistan in three-match series under the leadership of Ben Stokes

But only four of the England players involved in that success have been retained for the T20Is against Pakistan, with third ODI hero James Vince omitted.

Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory and Matt Parkinson have all been included in a 16-man squad after starring in the ODIs, with T20 regular Dawid Malan keeping his place.

Jos Buttler has also been included following a calf injury. Stokes, however, has been rested ahead of a five-match Test series at home to India starting in August, with bowlers Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran absent as well.

Assistant coach Paul Collingwood will be in charge, with England supremo Chris Silverwood taking some family time out after cutting short an intended break to oversee the ODI campaign.

England squad:

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler (wkt), Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey


Jul 16: England v Pakistan, 1st T20, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Jul 18: England v Pakistan, 2nd T20, Headingley, Leeds,

Jul 20: England v Pakistan, 3rd T20, Old Trafford, Manchester