England and Wales Cricket Board have announced a 14-man squad for the 3-match ODI series against Ireland, starting on the 30th of July. As expected, the England selectors have decided to rest the likes of Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer. These players are currently playing for England in the Test series against West Indies, with the series scheduled to end on July 28, two days before the start of the first ODI against Ireland.
Sussex’s Reece Topley, who last played an ODI for England 4 years ago, has earned a recall to the International side. Other than the Ipswich born left arm fast bowler, wicketkeeper batsman Sam Billings and all rounder David Willey have made it to the squad as well. The England selectors have also named an uncapped trio of Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone as the reserves.
Here is the squad:
Eoin Morgan (c)
Jonny Bairstow (wk)
Sam Billings (wk)
Reserves: Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone
Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow were initially part of the Test training group before they were released, and were subsequently drafted into the ODI training group ahead of the Ireland series. Joe Denly was also part of the Test squad before he was released ahead of the third Test, and joined the ODI group.
England selector James Taylor said, “We are developing excellent strength in depth in white-ball cricket. Even though a number of Test players are unavailable, there is great competition for places, as we have seen during the intra-squad matches and the England Lions warm-up match. There are a number of players who’ll feel unlucky not to have made the final squad and that says a lot about how many players we currently have pushing hard for selection at the highest level.
“These ODIs against Ireland are an opportunity to continue the exciting evolution of the ODI side, while also looking towards the T20 World Cup in 2021. In this challenging season, everyone at England appreciates the hard work and dedication of the county coaches and support staff who have helped these players to get ready for competitive cricket.”
The 3-match ODI series will kickstart the newly launched ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. All the three games are set to be played at the Ageas Bowl at Southampton.