England have recalled the big names for their upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia. However, there is no place for Joe Root in the T20I side despite the England captain recently impressing for Yorkshire in the ongoing T20 Blast. He scored 64 but it was not enough for a recall.
The right-handed batsman, who was the third-highest run-scorer at the 2016 T20 World Cup when England made it to the final, has not played a T20 international for over a year, despite still being keen to feature in the shortest format.
The hosts have also recalled Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Mark Wood for both the T20 and ODI series, while Chris Woakes is back in the 50-over squad and Joe Denly comes in for the T20 series.
But England have opted against hurrying Jason Roy into action as the opener is out of the T20 matches due to a left side strain. The right-hander is not a part of the ongoing T20I series against Pakistan for the same injury. However, he will stay inside England’s bio-secure bubble as he aims to prove his fitness in time for the three-match one-day series.
On the other hand, Ben Stokes remains unavailable for family reasons. His father Ged was recently diagnosed with brain cancer. Earlier this month, Stokes left the Test series against Pakistan midway to travel to New Zealand to be with his family.
“These two series against Australia provide an exciting end to the summer. We have selected strong squads. We are also continuing to develop depth in preparation for the upcoming T20 World Cups,” said National Selector Ed Smith.
Meanwhile, both the series will be played behind closed doors, in a bio-secure environment in Southampton and Manchester. The T20I series will be played at the Ageas Bowl from September 4 while the ODIs will be played in Manchester from September 11.
England’s T20I squad:
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood
Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood.
England’s ODI squad:
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonathan Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood .
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