Next time when England Lions will get back into blue jerseys down under, it will see their two influential batsmen making a comeback to the limited-overs squad after backing out of the Bangladesh tour.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the 15-member squad for the ODI and T20 series against India, Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan return to the squad. Morgan will take back the charge as the captain of the team and Alex Hales, known for his explosive batting style will open and take the responsibility of giving the team a solid foundation.
Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales had backed out from travelling to Bangladesh to play the ODI series held in October, reason being lack of security. Joe Root is also included in the side after being rested for the Bangladesh tour and will bat at his regular no. 3 position in the batting lineup.
— England and Wales Cricket Board (@ECB_cricket) December 5, 2016
Ben Duckett was dropped due to his poor run in India so far in tests. James Vince and Steven Finn, who were a part of the squad to Bangladesh also miss out. Jake Ball has been retained in the ODI setup following his impressive debut against Bangladesh recently. Liam Dawson, who was recently named in the England squad for the last two Tests, also finds himself in the ODI team. Sam Billing and Johnny Bairstow have held on to their positions in the team as batsmen.
David Willey, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball will lead the pace attack whereas, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid feature as the two spinners in addition to Dawson. In the T20I squad, Chris Jordan is added on the exclusion of Dawson. Tymal Mills, who recently featured in the Bangladesh Premier League, also earned a call-up. Sam Billings has been added to the squad.
England will play a 3-match ODI and T20 series each against hosts, India on the three-week tour with the first ODI scheduled for January 15 in Pune.
ODI Squad :
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Johnny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Butler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes
T20I Squad :
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Butler, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey