After the conclusion of the ongoing Test series against West Indies, England will host Ireland for a three-match ODI series. It will be the first international white-ball contest since the COVID-19 pandemic hiatus.
The series will mark the commencement of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced their 14-member squad for the three-match affair.
England skipper Eoin Morgan will resume his captaincy duties with Moeen Ali as his deputy. Key players such as Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Joe Root and Ben Stokes remain unavailable due to their engagement in the ongoing Test series against the Caribbeans. It prohibits them from joining the ODI squad while maintaining bio-secure protocols.
David Willey, who missed out on England’s triumphant 2019 ODI World Cup campaign, made his way back into the fray.
Also, Reece Topley, who first made an English appearance in 2016, makes a comeback in the side, after battling with injury woes. Topley was sensational in the domestic T20 tournament last year as he picked up 17 wickets in just 11 games for Sussex. He will be competing with Willey for a place in the lineup.
Swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman, Sam Billings, who last featured in an ODI back in 2018, also returns to the side. Although, Billings did feature in the T20I series against New Zealand last year.
ECB also named their three reserve players who will remain with the squad at Ageas Bowl. If any player is found ill or sustains an injury during the series, fast bowlers Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory or batsman Liam Livingstone will be called up.
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey.