England squad for Pakistan ODIs 2021: Tom Banton retains ODI spot for three-match series; Dawid Malan still unavailable
|Sat Jul 03 2021
England squad for Pakistan ODIs: England have announced an unchanged 16-member squad for their upcoming three-match series.
Promoting consistency in selection and giving more chances to the same reserve players, England have announced an unchanged 16-member for their upcoming three-match ODI series against Pakistan.
The squad, which has won the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka and will face them again in Bristol on Sunday, will face Pakistan in three ODIs to be played in the second week of July at Sophia Gardens, Lord’s and Edgbaston respectively.
Batsman Tom Banton, who had last played an ODI against Ireland almost a year ago and was recalled into the squad as a late replacement for Dawid Malan, has been retained. Malan, who had withdrawn from the squad due to family reasons, continues to be unavailable.
The development also means that high-profile English players such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer, all of whom are recovering from respective injuries at the moment, will continue to sit out.
With Pakistan also scheduled to play a three-match T20I series in English, the same could see the return of (one or more) the aforementioned players. Readers must note that Stokes had already returned to action for Durham in T20 Blast 2021. ALSO READ: Will Ben Stokes play international cricket this summer?
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Much like tomorrow’s ODI against Sri Lanka, Pakistan ODIs could also provide more opportunities to fringe players namely Banton, George Garton, Liam Dawson and Liam Livingstone.
England squad for Pakistan ODIs
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.