England Named Unchanged Squad For West Indies ODIs; Stuart Broad Misses Out
England on Friday announced an unchanged squad to face West Indies in the bilateral three-match series in the Caribbean starting March 3 at North Sound, Antigua. Senior pacer Stuart Broad misses out from the squad while injured Alex Hales would be sitting out too.
Ahead of the three One Dayers, Eoin Morgan led England side, who lost to India 2-1 in the recently concluded ODI series, will play two practice games against WICB President XI, scheduled for February 25 and 27th respectively.
James Whitaker, England and Wales Cricket Board’s national selector has said England players are in great shape and have played a good brand of cricket. He said in the wake to conquer upcoming Champions Trophy at their home in England, the management thought of persisting with the same bunch of players and give them more time to jell as a unit.
“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.”
England, after suffering a humiliating exit from the 2015 World Cup at the hands of Bangladesh, has progressed a lot under Morgan’s captaincy and Trevor Bayliss leadership believes Whitaker.
He also added the decision to opt for the same squad is to allow the players to test themselves under different conditions.
“The current group of players are making excellent progress under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan and head coach Trevor Bayliss and the tour of the Caribbean will enable the team to test themselves in different conditions against a competitive side in the West Indies.”
After Antigua tie, England will face hosts on March 5 and 9 in North Sound and Bridgetown in Barbados.
England’s Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.
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