England men’s cricket team has added Harry Brook to their T20I squad for the five-match T20I series against West Indies. The series begins on January 22 and will be played over a period of ten days in Barbados.
The inclusion of Brook was done as a cover for Sam Billings after the latter was called up to the Ashes squad at the last minute to cover for Jos Buttler, who will return home having sustained a finger injury during the fourth Ashes Test at the SCG.
“The Yorkshire right-hander has been called up as batting cover for Sam Billings after he was included in the squad for the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart. Billings remains a part of the 17-player squad for the West Indies IT20s,” the statement from ECB read.
Brook has been gaining valuable match practice with the England Lions and Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League (BBL). He will return to the United Kingdom before flying out with the white-ball squad.
Coming to the squad, Eoin Morgan will be leading the side which includes 11 players from the T20 World Cup squad. The players in the Ashes squad will not be available for the West Indies tour.
The series marks the Three Lions’ preparation for the next T20 World Cup which will be held in Australia this year.
“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,” head coach Paul Collingwood said.
England Squad For The T20I Series vs West Indies:
Eoin Morgan (c) Moeen Ali, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Harry Brook, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills, David Payne, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince.