England v Pakistan: Eoin Morgan among returning stars of the T20 series

England v Pakistan: Eoin Morgan among returning stars of the T20 series

Captain Eoin Morgan will return to lead England against Pakistan

England captain Eoin Morgan is one of many star names to return from a coronavirus-forced absence to face Pakistan in a three-game T20 streak.

Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are also among the nine players to return after missing the three-game ODI streak against the same opponent after a Covid-19 outbreak in the English camp. The ECB said the affected players have completed the required self-isolation period and have all returned negative tests.

Members of the new-look squad that ultimately faced – and swept away – Pakistan in the 50-over format were awarded, with bowlers Saqib Mahmood and Matt Parkinson included, as well as versatile Lewis Gregory.

Saqib Mahmood is included after playing in three-game ODI series against Pakistan

Ben Stokes, who replaced Morgan as skipper against Pakistan, is rested with Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran, but Jos Buttler returns after recovering from a calf injury, while regular Dawid Malan 20 years and over, retains its usual place.

Head coach Chris Silverwood will skip the series for a family break, after cutting short in the wake of the coronavirus drama, leaving assistant Paul Collingwood to lead the group. He was originally programmed to do so in the ODI, but was among those sent into isolation.

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Silverwood said: “The success of the Royal London Series against Pakistan has shown the exciting depth of talent we have developed in men’s white ball cricket.

“We have selected a T20 team that sees the return of many of our more experienced players after their period of isolation. Additionally, we have rewarded some of the players involved in winning the 50th anniversary series with a selection that allows us to manage multiple format players as we prepare for the highly anticipated test series against India.

“I would like to express my thanks to Ben Stokes and the players for their efforts over the past week, as well as to the counties for their support in launching this series. “

Mahmood has taken nine wickets in the three matches against Pakistan to announce himself as an option for England’s short-form sides, while Parkinson has stepped up to replace first-choice spinner Adil Rashid by taking five wickets in the series.

Best of 3rd ODI action between England and Pakistan

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Best of 3rd ODI action between England and Pakistan

Best of 3rd ODI action between England and Pakistan

Gregory delivered 40 and 77 shots, while also contributing to four wickets while limiting Pakistan’s score.

The series begins Friday at Trent Bridge, with matches to follow at Headingley on Sunday and Old Trafford on Tuesday. England then begin a five-match test series against India on August 4.

England IT20 team for the Pakistan series:

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex – capitaine), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire)

Watch the first IT20 series match between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge starting at 6 p.m. Friday on Sky Sports Cricket.


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