Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali included in England ‘s white ball training group


Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali, who missed out on making the squad to take on the West Indies in the 3 Test match series, have been included in a 24-man white-ball training group ahead of the three match ODI series against Ireland later this month. Owing to the intense schedule the England Test Cricketers have ahead of them, the likes of Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Jos Buttler have not been included in the training group.


The 3 Match One Day International series against Ireland gets underway two days after the conclusion of the Test Series against the West Indies, and concludes on the 4th of August, a day before the Test series between England and Pakistan commences. This gives an opportunity to the fringe players to make a case for themselves to be included in England’s established white-ball squad. Currently, Lancashire quick Saqib Mahmood is the only Cricketer who is set to be transferred from the red-ball bubble to the white-ball party, being in the reserves for the Test series against the West Indies.


Here is the list of players who have been included in the 24-man training group:


Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (c)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Tom Banton (Somerset)

Sam Billings (Kent)

Henry Brookes (Warwickshire)

Brydon Carse (Durham)

Tom Curran (Surrey)

Liam Dawson (Hampshire)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Laurie Evans (Sussex)

Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Sam Hain (Warwickshire)

Tom Helm (Middlesex)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

Phil Salt (Sussex)

Reece Topley (Surrey)

James Vince (Hampshire)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

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Worcestershire’s Pat Brown (back), Sussex’s Chris Jordan (right arm) and Yorkshire’s Dawid Malan (right calf) missed out on selection due to the injuries mentioned. The group will go into camp at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 16 under the same bio-secure bubble conditions that England’s red-ball squad has lived under for the past three weeks. The white-ball group will play two intra-squad warm-up matches on July 21 and 24 following which a final squad for the three ODIs will be announced.

England assistant Coach Paul Collingwood will assume the head coach role for the series to allow Chris Silverwood some time off. Collingwood will be supported by Marcus Trescothick as batting coach, who has been seconded from Somerset, and England Young Lions coach Jon Lewis as the fast-bowling coach. Lewis will be supported by Neil Killeen from Durham. Former Durham head coach and former Sri Lanka batting coach Jon Lewis will also join the enlarged coaching set-up as batting coach, working alongside Trescothick, while former South African left-arm spinner Claude Henderson has been appointed spin bowling coach. Former Essex wicketkeeper James Foster will take responsibility for the wicketkeepers.


ECB Performance Director, Mo Bobat, said, “As was the case with our Test preparations, the support that we have received from counties during our ODI return to training phase has been fantastic. Running concurrent training programmes across formats for a large pool of players has been a novel challenge and we are very appreciative of the commitment that counties have shown towards the national cause, particularly as they have been managing their own return to training.”