Tom Banton
Tom Banton (Image Credits: Twitter)

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that batsman Tom Banton has been added to the ODI squad for the third match against Sri Lanka, which will be played on July 4 in Bristol. He was picked as a backup for Dawid Malan in the squad.

England, who whitewashed Sri Lanka 3-0 in the T20I series which preceded the three-match ODI series, have a 1-0 lead in the 50-over format as well, having won the first match by 5 wickets at Chester-Le-Street. The second ODI between England and Sri Lanka will be played on July 1 at the Oval.

David Malan, England, T20I Innings
David Malan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tom Banton Called In As Cover For Dawid Malan For 3rd ODI Against Sri Lanka

The ECB announced that since Dawid Malan was forced to leave the group for personal reasons, they have decided to add 22-year-old Somerset top-order batter Tom Banton as a backup for the left-hander for the third ODI between the two sides which will be played on July 4th.

Banton is coming off an astonishing 47-ball century in the Vitality T20 Blast at the start of the week. Banton has scored 236 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 195.04, including an unbeaten 107 off 51 balls against Kent. His Kent century was preceded by a 77 in victory over Hampshire. He has played six ODIs and nine T20Is for England.

Tom Banton hits a tremendous century in T20 Blast 2021 (Image Source: Twitter)
Tom Banton hits a tremendous century in T20 Blast 2021 (Image Source: Twitter)

As a result of his England call-up, Banton will miss Somerset’s T20 Blast matches against Gloucestershire and Middlesex as well as the County Championship clash with Leicestershire.

Apart from Malan, who is missing due to personal reasons, injury recovery has meant that top performers like Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes will also be missed from the remaining ODIs against the islanders. Jason Roy missed the first ODI with a hamstring injury.

England is due to face Pakistan in three ODIs (July 8, 10, and 13) and a trio of T20s (July 16, 18, and 20) to round off their limited-overs summer.

England squad for the third ODI against Sri Lanka:

Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Sam Billings (WK), Tom Curran, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Tom Banton, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood

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