England add Phil Salt: The English selectors have added an extra batsman to the list of their reserve players for Australia ODIs.
England have added uncapped opening batsman Phil Salt to the list of their reserve players for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Australia starting from September 11.
The development means that Salt will accompany the likes of batsman Joe Denly and fast bowler Saqib Mahmood as the third reserve player for the series. With international cricket being played inside a bio-secure bubble, England have added a trio of reserves in addition to their 13-member squad for Australia series.
Salt, 24, had scored 100 (58) before retiring out in a practice match against Ireland in July. Following his knock, Salt received a lot of support from fans around his selection in the ODI squad. With Jason Roy missing the series due to a left side-strain, England might have thought of adding another opening batsman.
England add Phil Salt as a reserve batsman for Australia ODIs
The development was made public in the form of a tweet by England Cricket. It is worth mentioning that Salt will join the English squad ahead of his participation for the ongoing T20 Blast for Sussex. In four T20s so far, Salt has scored 107 runs at a strike rate of 191.07.
Before the T20 format, Salt scored 290 runs in four matches of the Bob Willis Trophy at an average of 36.25 and a strike rate of 64.87 including three half-centuries.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 6, 2020
In 16 List A matches, Salt has scored 494 runs at an average of 32.93 and a strike rate of 104.66 including one century and two half-centuries.
England ODI Squad: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Reserves: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Phil Salt.