Three players have earned a maiden call-up to England’s T20I squad for the upcoming West Indies tour. On Thursday, England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced a strong 16-man squad that will be led by Eoin Morgan.
Of the 16 players named, 11 featured in the 2021 T20 World Cup, while five are currently in Australia for the Ashes. Among those missing out are Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Tom Curran and David Willey.
Meanwhile, England could hand T20I debuts to David Payne, George Garton and Phil Salt against West Indies in January 2022.
“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,” head coach Paul Collingwood said in his official statement.
“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.
“I have good memories winning a World Cup in Barbados and I’m really looking forward to going back there with this squad to face a very good West Indies who will test all aspects of our skills.”
The five-match series will begin on January 22 and continue till January 30.
England T20I squad:
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Tom Banton, Sam Billings (wk), Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills, David Payne, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince.