Spin to win is the mantra for every team in the T20 World Cup this year
(Cricket news) With the T20 World Cup just on the horizon and most of the teams having announced their squads, a common theme is occurring as the teams are focusing more on spinners than fast bowlers in the 15 member squads. The T20 World Cup shifted from India to UAE and Oman as it has certainly changed the outlook of the selectors as they think that spin to win will be the mantra for success in this year's T20 bonanza. If last year's IPL was any indication, we saw that most of the pitches were dry turning tracks and also in gulf countries the dry humid weather plays a big role in the batting conditions. Let us take a look at the different teams with their different spin options:
For India this department has raised the most number of eyebrows upon the announcement of the T20 World Cup squad as the return of Ravichandran Ashwin instead of seasoned white ball cricketer Chahal has been scrutinised by some experts.This move may actually turn to be a masterstroke as the off spinner has multiple variations including a developing leg break delivery which not only get you wickets in the UAE conditions but also keep the batsmen in check. The spinner that most likely will make the playing eleven is Rahul Chahar, this season in the IPL he is the fourth highest wicket taker with 11 wickets at an economy of 7.21 per over. The main reason the selectors chose him over Kuldeep Yadav and Chahal was because he bowls with a little more pace where the bowl might just skid off the slow turning tracks in UAE causing batsman some problems.The Indian selectors have also gone with Varun Chakravarthy as element of surprise as last year we saw in the IPL that batsman were getting bamboozled with his different variations as he picked up 17 wickets in the process.
Australia too have gone with three full-time spinners with different skill sets. Adam Zampa has been Australia's front line spinner for quite some time but the emergence of Ashton Agar has really helped Australia bolster their spin attack over the last few years. Cricket Australia has also chosen young leg spinner from Queenslander Mitchell Swepson as he really impressed the selectors in the recent tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh. "Mitchell has been impressive with the opportunities he has had. Given the amount of cricket being played at the World Cup venues, we expect the wickets in the UAE to favour slow bowling, particularly in the latter stages, so he gives us another strong leg-spin option” said Chief selector George Bailey.
South Africa were also quick to understand that spin is the way to go as they too have gone with three spin options. T20 no 1 bowler Tabraiz Shamsi will spearhead the spin attack for the Proteas as they have gone with uncapped left arm spinner Keshav Maharaj along with inexperienced spinner Bjorn Fortuin to lead their bowling attack.
Mark Boucher (Chief Selector of South Africa) believes “ If anything, it’s going to go even further into subcontinent conditions, on the extreme side. They are playing the IPL there, there are not a lot of grounds and those wickets are going to be worn, so scores will probably go even further down.” Boucher said batting will be tough on these pitches as spinners will hold the key.
Whereas teams like England and New Zealand have stuck to their strengths and opted to go for more fast bowling. They have both gone with one frontline spinner believing that the pitches will change drastically after the remainder of the IPL is played. Chris Silverwood, said: "We are excited about the prospect of challenging ourselves to win the ICC T20 World Cup. I believe we have selected a squad that covers all bases and has the depth to be successful in what is expected to be a very competitive tournament featuring the best players in the world”.
Also read: England name preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
It's going to be an interesting watch in this year's biggest T20 tournament as different teams are opting for different strategies but only time will tell us whose gamble will pay off but one thing is certain that the mind games between the nations competing have already begun.
England name preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
(Cricket news) Chris Silverwood, England Men’s Cricket team’s head coach has named his 15 player preliminary squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 which will be held in the UAE and Oman.
England preliminary ICC Men's T20 World Cup Squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Tymal Mills (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), James Vince (Hampshire).
Tymal Mills is set to make a return to the England team for the first time since February 2017 after impressing at the Vitality T20 Blast. His skills at The Hundred also helped Southern Brave lift the inaugural trophy.
Ben Stokes continues to take an indefinite break from cricket and is excluded from the 15 player squad. England have until 10th October to finalize the players ahead of the tournament.
England Men's Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: "We are excited about the prospect of challenging to win the ICC T20 World Cup. I believe we have selected a squad that covers all bases and has the depth to be successful in what is expected to be a very competitive tournament featuring the best players in the world.
"Tymal Mills deserves his inclusion and has demonstrated over the past couple of years, but particularly this summer that he has all the skills to succeed at this level. His exceptional pace is a standout, and the way he has spearheaded Sussex and Southern Brave's respective attacks in the short-form game has shown that he relishes the pressures of the big stage. He will add variety to our bowling unit, and we can't wait to see him play in a major international tournament."
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 – England’s Group Fixtures:
England v West Indies, Saturday 23 October 2021, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 3.00pm BST)
England v Qualifier (B2), Wednesday 27 October 2021, Abu Dhabi (2.00pm GST / 11.00am BST)
England v Australia, Saturday 30 October 2021, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 3.00pm BST)
England v Qualifier (A1), Monday 1 November 2021, Sharjah (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
England v South Africa, Saturday 6 November 2021, Sharjah (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
First semi-final, Wednesday 10 November, Abu Dhabi (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Second semi-final, Thursday 11 November, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
Final, Sunday 14 November, Dubai (6.00pm GST / 2.00pm GMT)
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Buttler, Leach return to England squad for final Test
Manchester, Sep 7 (Cricket news) Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and left-arm spinner Jack Leach on Tuesday returned to the England squad for the fifth and final Test against India as the hosts gear up save the series.
Buttler had missed the fourth Test due to the birth of his second child. India lead the series 2-1 after a famous win at The Oval on Monday.
"Batsman Sam Billings, who was included in the fourth Test squad, has returned to Kent," the ECB said in a statement.
England, who have not lost a Test series to India at home since 2007, are under pressure to save the five-match rubber here.
There is a good chance that pacer Mark Woods will return to the playing eleven in place of James Anderson, who could be rested after featuring in four games.
"He's (Wood) certainly someone who comes back into contention. We have got some aching bodies, I'm not going to deny that, so we obviously have to keep an eye on that.
"He could come back and if he does, he will obviously add that pace for us. If the pitch is abrasive as it usually is at Old Trafford there should be reverse swing. He's certainly back in contention," said head coach Chris Silverwood.
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On Anderson, he added: "It'll be a discussion that he and I will have together. He will have input into that, without a shadow of a doubt. James knows his own body.
"We have got a bit of time now between this game and the next one. I know what it's like, he won't want to miss any cricket. We have to make sure we look after him. Although there is a gap between the final Test and what's in front of him. He's certainly someone I want to make sure is looked after." England squad: Joe Root (c), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.
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Credit to India, they know how to fight back: Silverwood
London, Sep 7 (Cricket news) "The Indians know how to fight back," said England head coach Chris Silverwood as the Virat Kohli-led side bounced back to stun the hosts in the fourth Test despite conceding a 99-run first innings lead.
India went on to make 466 in their second effort to set England a stiff 368-run target and scripted a sensational 157-run victory on the back of their stupendous attack.
Silverwood said a lead in the vicinity of 200 would have given them the perfect opportunity to put India under the pump.
"If we're being truthful, I would like to have gone further past them at that point, that's going to be the opportunity to really put pressure on the Indians," Silverwood was quoted as saying by ESPNCrininfo.
"We failed to do that so it's something we'll reflect on in the dressing room and talk about amongst ourselves.
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"It would have been great to go maybe 190 past them and really pile the pressure on, but again credit to the Indians, they know how to fight back," Silverwood added.
Rohit Sharma produced a hundred, his first in abroad, and sensational half-centuries by Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thankur put India in a commanding position.
Resuming from 77/0 on the final day, England suffered a batting collapse, thanks to an exceptional spell by Indian bowlers led by pacer Jasprit Bumrah to lose the match.
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Chris Woakes set to return to England’s Test squad ahead of the fourth match against India
(Cricket news) Chris Silverwood, England Men’s Head Coach has named his 15-player squad for the fourth LV=Insurance Test against India at the Kia Oval which will begin on September 2nd, 2021.
England Men’s LV= Insurance Fourth Test Squad
Joe Root (Yorkshire) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Rory Burns (Surrey), Sam Curran (Surrey), Haseeb Hameed (Nottinghamshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Craig Overton (Somerset), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Chris Woakes has recovered from his heel injury and the all-rounder has returned to the squad. Sam Billings has replaced Jos Buttler, whose wife is expecting their second child. England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “After the victory at Emerald Headingley, the Test series is beautifully poised against a strong India side going into the next Test at the Kia Oval.
“It is very pleasing that we have Chris Woakes returning to the Test squad. He has bowled well over the past week with Warwickshire without any real concerns with his heel injury. He is an asset we have been missing both with the ball and his ability to score runs in the middle order. We are looking forward to seeing him prepare at the Oval as we go into back-to-back Tests.
“Mark Wood is making excellent recovery from his jarred right shoulder. He bowled in the middle on the last day at Headingley with our Bowling Coach Jon Lewis and was starting to get through his spells pain-free.
“For the first time in this series, it is pleasing to have several options with our bowling stocks as we approach the latter stages of the series.
“We would like to wish Jos (Buttler) and his family all the very best for the impending birth of their second child. Unfortunately, he will miss this Test, and we’ll then see if he returns for the final Test at Emirates Old Trafford.
“Jonny Bairstow will take over wicket keeping duties, which he is relishing. As we all know, he has the skills to seamlessly take over from Jos and the ability to score crucial runs in the middle-order if called upon.
“Sam Billings, who was in the Test squad for the New Zealand series earlier this summer, returns as reserve keeper. He understands how we want to approach our cricket and is a popular member of the group. He will fit in well with the rest of the group.”
England will begin training at the Kia Oval on Tuesday afternoon.
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Boucher apologies for singing offensive songs with his teammates
Johannesburg, Aug 23 (Cricket news): Former South Africa wicketkeeper and current head coach Mark Boucher has apologised for being part of the group that sang offensive songs and used nicknames for coloured teammates in his playing days. After he was accused of racism by some of his teammates, including Paul Adams, Boucher submitted a 14-page affidavit to Cricket South Africa's Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) committee, reported ESPNcricinfo.
Adams, in his testimony to SJN, had claimed Boucher was among the teammates who made racial slurs on him in a song. Boucher said he did not give Adams any nickname.
In his response to the allegations, Boucher said he and his teammates should have been more sensitive.
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"I apologise unreservedly for any offensive conduct, real or perceived, that has been attributed to me," Boucher wrote in his affidavit.
"We, the team, coaching staff, selectors and CSA, during the period in question, should have been more sensitive and created an environment where all members of the team could raise and talk about these issues without allowing them to fester, as they clearly have." "...With the benefit of hindsight and maturity, appreciate that I may have said or done things as a young man that offended some of my teammates. For this I apologise sincerely and unreservedly." He also said that he "deeply regrets and apologies for the part I played in joining in with my team-mates in singing offensive songs or using offensive nicknames".
Boucher played 147 Tests and 295 ODIs for South Africa.
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Mark Wood out of third Test against India at Headingley with jarred shoulder
Leeds, Aug 23 (Cricket news) England pacer Mark Wood was on Monday ruled out of the third Test against India with a "jarred" shoulder, dealing another blow to the under-fire hosts.
Wood had hurt his shoulder while fielding during the second Test at Lord's with India going on to win the game by 151 runs to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
"England seamer Mark Wood has been ruled out of the LV= Insurance third Test against India with a jarred right shoulder," the ECB said in a statement.
"Wood sustained the injury on the fourth day of the second Test at Lord’s and will not be fit to play at Emerald Headingley starting on Wednesday.
"He will remain with the squad in Leeds and will continue his rehab with the England medical team.The 31-year-old will be assessed at the end of this Test match." Injured senior pacer Stuart Broad has already been ruled out of the series. The team is also without the services of speedster Jofra Archer, who is also injured, and all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has taken an indefinite break from the game to address his mental wellbeing.
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Wood had bowled well in the Lord's Test, picking up five wickets.
Seamer Saqib Mahmood, who was called up as cover for Broad, could be handed a Test debut. The 24-year-old has played seven ODIs and nine T20Is.
Other seam options in the squad include Craig Overton, James Anderson, Ollie Robinson and Sam Curran.
India and England take on each other in the third Test, starting here on Wednesday.
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Chris Silverwood should have asked Joe Root, 'What the hell is going on': Michael Vaughan on bouncer tactic
London, Aug 22 (Cricket news) Former skipper Michael Vaughan has slammed England head coach Chris Silverwood for not even trying to stop Joe Root from his bouncer barrage tactic against India in the second Test, which badly backfired leading "worst 20 minutes" before lunch session.
Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah scripted a sensational turnaround on the final day when they shared a record ninth wicket partnership of 89 runs to help India set a 272-run target, which England failed to achieve after being bowled out for 120.
"The nadir came in that hour and 20 minutes before lunch on the fifth day of the second Test, which must rank among the worst stuff I've seen from an England Test team in years," Vaughan wrote in a facebook post.
Bumrah, who had bowled a lot of bouncers to England tail-enders especially James Anderson, found himself in the receiving end when he walked out to bat with pacer Mark Wood and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler exchanging words with the Indian seamer.
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However, it boomeranged as Bumrah and Shami rescued India from 209-8 to 298-8 declared. The visitors eventually thrashed England by 151 runs in the 2nd Test.
"Plenty has been written and said about how England lost the plot in attempting to bounce out Jasprit Bumrah, and Joe Root was undeniably let down by some of his senior players who should have intervened with him sooner, but I also wanted to see something from the coach," Vaughan wrote.
"Why was Silverwood not sending someone out onto the pitch with a drink, asking Root what the hell was going on and getting him to change tactics? I know that is what Duncan Fletcher would have done with me had I suffered a brain-fade on the field." Vaughan said England completely "blew" their chances on that session.
"Every Test match essentially boils down to a handful of moments which dictate the outcome: the best teams rise to them and find a way to win them.
"This was the big moment in the second Test and England blew it, and Silverwood has to take his share of responsibility for that." England now trail the five-match series 0-1 and Vaughan said the onus is on Silverwood to change the momentum of the series.
"He (Chris Silverwood) has to show that he is capable of changing England's momentum in this series, because at the moment it is only going one way and that is in the direction of Virat Kohli, who has his hosts right where he wants them - hot under the collar, not thinking straight and making silly mistakes," Vaughan wrote.
The third Test will begin at Headingley on Wednesday.
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England head coach Chris Silverwood says he won't push Ben Stokes to return from indefinite break
London, Aug 17 (Cricket news) England head coach Chris Silverwood on Tuesday said he won't push star all-rounder Ben Stokes' return from mental health break despite the team's struggles in the ongoing Test series against India.
Speaking a day after the 151-run loss to India in the second Test at Lord's, Silverwood said Stokes will get as much as he needs to address his mental wellbeing, something skipper Joe Root had also stressed on ahead of the five-Test series.
"No, there is no pushing from my point of view. I don't think you can push with these issues. I will wait and there will be an element of waiting for him to come to me to let me know he is ready," Silverwood said.
Stokes had taken an indefinite break from the game last month after leading England to a 3-0 ODI series win over Pakistan.
Echoing Root's opinion, Silverwood said one can't push an individual on sensitive matters like mental health.
"There is no time limit on it," asserted Silverwood.
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"I would stress again the important thing is Ben is okay, his family is okay and that he comes back strong and, when he re-enters the frame, he is ready in his mind to come back and perform for England like we know he can.
"I am certainly not pushing him for an answer and I don't think that would be the right thing to do. There are people around him supporting him and, when he is ready to come back in, we will welcome him with open arms, but until then he will get all the support he needs." England are expected to announce the squad for the third Test on Wednesday. There are question marks also over the fitness of pacer Mark Wood after he injured himself while fielding in the Lord's Test.
The third Test in Headingley begins from August 25.
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All-rounder Moeen Ali recalled to England squad ahead of second Test against India at Lords
London, Aug 10 (Cricket news) England on Tuesday recalled all-rounder Moeen Ali to the squad ahead of the second Test against India at Lord's, beginning on August 12.
The spinning all-rounder will train with the squad on Tuesday, according to a statement from England and Wales Cricket Board.
The England top order barring skipper Joe Root has been struggling for a while with head coach Chris Silverwood hinting at making changes in the team incase of continued non-performance.
England were bowled out of 183 in the first innings of the series opener and before managing to make 303 in the second essay which was largely based on skipper Root's 109.
On Monday, Silverwood had told the English media that Ali was under consideration for a call back in the absence of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.
"Moeen is certainly under consideration. He's always been part of our consideration.We know he is a fine cricketer and we know he is showing fine form in the Hundred at the moment, though I appreciate it's a different format.
"All-rounders such Ben Stokes or Chris Woakes usually give you options all-round. Unfortunately, we've found ourselves squeezed through circumstance recently and we haven't been able to do that," Silverwood had said.
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The 34-year-old off spinner has been in fine form in the white-ball format. He hit a 23-ball half-century for Birmingham Phoenix on Monday night and has captained the side to the top of the table.
His last Test came in February against India in the second Test but didn't feature any further the red-ball series as he returned back to England owing to the side's workload management policy.
His last Test on home soil was the series opener in 2019 Ashes.
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England coach Chris Silverwood urges top-order to step up: says Haseeb Hameed and Moeen Ali could feature in Lord's Test
London, Aug 10 (Cricket news) Head coach Chris Silverwood has called for the England top order to step up its game, adding that opener Haseeb Hameed is putting forward a "very strong case" for a recall ahead of the second Test against India.
England's top order has been struggling for some time. Rory Burns, Zak Crawley and Dom Sibley failed to breach past the 30 run mark in either of the two innings of the drawn first Test.
"Yes, I think we do need to step up," Silverwood said in an interaction with the English media on Monday.
"Joe's been phenomenal for the last six months, really. But what we need to do is make sure that the guys that are batting with him are coming to the party as well. We need the guys around Joe scoring some more runs to take the pressure off him," he added.
Root has now scored four Test hundreds this year. In the first Test, the 30-year-old scored 64 in the first innings and then came up with a masterful 109 to help England put up a much-improved batting show in their second innings.
"We have to address and accept we are not getting those runs so we have to look at why. It's not through lack of effort or hard work. It's just a case that we have to try and find a formula that works. That's a work in progress at the moment.
"We need to do something. Ideally, we get the guys scoring runs again and get the confidence back in them. But if that doesn't happen obviously I have to have a look.
"Ultimately, if it isn't working I have to take a view on why and how do I change that. I have invested in these guys. I would rather be accused of giving somebody one too many chances than not enough. But at some point I will have to make a decision," Silverwood said.
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Hameed had made an impressive start to his Test career five years ago in the three matches against India. However, a broken finger had ruled him out of the tour which was followed by a considerable dip in form.
"I'm confident he's as ready as he could be.
"He put his best foot forward in Durham when he scored that hundred and what he did early season in the championship shows there's a lot of class there as well.
"I think he is making a very strong case and at some point, we may make a decision and give him an opportunity." Silverwood said Moeen Ali, who is not part of the current squad, is also under consideration in the absence of all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.
"Moeen is certainly under consideration." "He's always been part of our consideration. So that's something that Joe and I are going to chat about at Lord's. We know he is a fine cricketer and we know he is showing fine form in the Hundred at the moment, though I appreciate it's a different format.
"All-rounders such Ben Stokes or Chris Woakes usually give you options all-round. Unfortunately, we've found ourselves squeezed through circumstance recently and we haven't been able to do that.
"Could Mo play at Lord's? All I'll say is my mind's not closed to anything. If it fits and works for the team then it's something we have to consider," Silverwood added.
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England announce squad for T20I series against Pakistan
England had to feature a completely new squad in the ODI’s against Pakistan due to Covid 19 outbreak in the English camp. Even with an inexperienced squad, the World Champions managed to whitewash Pakistan.
As per the latest cricket news, Captain Morgan and 8 other players have returned to the English squad for the Vitality T20I series against Pakistan. All the players and staff have tested negative ahead of the series.
Chris Silverwood is on a break and in his absence, England legend Paul Collingwood will oversee the team as head coach. The Vitality T20 international series will kick start on Friday 16th July at Trent Bridge.
England Men’s IT20 Squad:
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Tom Banton, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey.
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England men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said:“The Royal London Series success against Pakistan showcased the exciting depth of talent we have developed in men’s white-ball cricket.
“We have selected a T20 squad that sees the return of many of our most experienced players after their period of isolation.
“Additionally, we have rewarded some of the players involved in the 50-over series win with selection which allows us to manage multi-format players as we prepare for the much-anticipated Test series against India.
“I would like to express my thanks to Ben Stokes and the players for their efforts over the last week, and the counties for their support in getting this series on.”
England cricket team names new squad for series against Pakistan
In the latest cricket news, England have today announced an 18-strong group for the Royal London Series against Pakistan.
The announcement follows the news that 3 members of the initial playing squad and 4 members of the management staff had tested positive for COVID-19, and as per the consequence, the entire squad initially selected was required to observe isolation.
Ben Stokes will return to the England squad to lead the team and Chris Silverwood, who had been due to take some time away during the limited over series, is back as Head Coach. Overall, there are nine uncapped players in the squad.
England Team -
Ben Stokes (captain), Jake Ball, Danny Briggs, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Lewis Gregory, Tom Helm, Will Jacks, Dan Lawrence, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Matt Parkinson, David Payne, Phil Salt, John Simpson, James Vince.
Managing Director of England Men's Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: "It's a great opportunity to play on the biggest stage, and for most of the players selected it's not necessarily something they would have been expecting 24 hours ago.
"It's an exciting group of players, with some young talent and some players who have impressed at domestic level over a long period of time.
"We're in unprecedented territory, in terms of replacing an entire squad and management team, and I'm very proud of how everyone has come together in order to get it done - both those within the ECB and from the county game.
"Ben hasn't captained our ODI side before so it's a huge honour for him. We all wish him well and it's a role I'm sure he'll thrive in.
"I'd like to also put on record the thanks of the ECB to the PCB for their support and understanding during this time."
Cricket coach Thorpe feels playing in high-pressure situations at IPL has helped Sam Curran enormously
London, Jul 3 (Cricket news) Playing in the Indian Premier League where he is exposed to high-pressure situations has enhanced all-rounder Sam Curran's white-ball skills, according to stand-in England head coach Graham Thorpe.
The 23-year-old, who plays for the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, snared a fifer (5/48) against Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Thursday to help England to a series clinching-win.
"I think it's (IPL) helped him enormously," Thorpe was quoted as saying by 'EspnCricinfo'.
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"Every environment Sam has gone into, he's shown that ability to compete and an ability to find a way of putting performances in. From that perspective, playing in the IPL has put him in high-pressured situations and pushed him." Bought by CSK at the 2020 auctions, Curran has already become a vital cog in the scheme of things, with skipper Dhoni entrusting him with the bat and the ball during crucial times.
"His hitting ability with the bat was always there. I think that's progressed to a really good level," Thorpe said.
"He's bowling at important times in the IPL, so he's put under pressure and challenged. At 23, he's getting some really good experiences." Thorpe, who has taken charge of England's ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka in the absence of head coach Chris Silverwood, feels Curran is a "real competitor", who is improving everyday.
"When he comes back and plays with England, he's having to challenge for a place so he's being put under pressure there too," Thorpe said.
"That's not a bad thing. One of his great personality traits is that he's a real competitor. We have seen that ever since he was a young lad, and his skill level is going up. For a 23-year-old it's a good place to be. We want him to keep getting better and better." However, Thorpe feels that the biggest challenge for Curran, who has played 21 Tests, 10 ODIs and 16 T20Is since his debut in 2018, will be balancing all three formats and churning out consistent performances for the national team.
"Of course, he's still got to work really hard. His T20 cricket has progressed really well, but I think establishing himself as a 50-over player as well is a really important part of it. He's got to try and be in the mix as well for Test cricket.
"It sounds like quite a lot of cricket. As you know, with someone like Ben Stokes, the amount of work and fitness levels that are required for that is huge.
"So the challenge for Sam to be a multi-format cricketer is delivering that consistency as well for England time and time again."
News source: PTI
George Garton named in England’s ODI Squad against Sri Lanka
Chris Silverwood, the England Men’s Head has picked a 16 player squad for The Royal London ODI Series against Sri Lanka commencing at Emirates Riverside, Durham on Tuesday 29 June 2021.
England ODI Squad
Eoin Morgan (Captain)Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood
George Garton, a fast bowler from Sussex is selected in the squad for the first time. Having been a key player of Sussex in white-ball cricket over the past few years and been a member of the England system through the Lions since 2016, the left-arm pacer will be looking to make the most of this opportunity in the Royal London Series.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “We have been monitoring the progress of George Garton for quite some time. He has been a significant part of Sussex’s bowling unit in white-ball cricket for an extended period. His ability to bowl quick with his point of difference being a left-armer certainly gives us options in this series, and he deserves his chance at this level.
“This ODI series is important as we continue to build momentum ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Despite some injuries, the squad I have selected is strong and gives us depth across all departments. We are looking forward to competing and putting on a show for the fans.
“Several players are not available for selection due to injury. Jofra Archer (right elbow), Saqib Mahmood (abdominal) and Reece Topley (side strain) are all missing, but continue to make excellent progress from their respective injuries.
“We are pleased that Ben Stokes is returning to action with Durham this weekend after recovering from a fractured finger. If everything goes to plan, I hope he could be available for selection for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan next month.
“Unfortunately, following the second Test at Edgbaston against New Zealand, Olly Stone has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his lower back and will miss the rest of the summer with the injury. It is a great shame as Olly was showing real promise with the ball and would have been part of our selection plans for this series.”
The Royal London ODI Series
1st ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Tuesday 29 June 2021, Emirates Riverside, Durham (11.00am BST)
2nd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 1 July 2021, Kia Oval, London (1.00pm BST)
3rd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Sunday 4 July 2021, County Ground, Bristol (11.00am BST)
England cricket squad announced for IT20 series against Sri Lank
Chris Silverwood, the England Men’s Head Coach has picked a 16-member squad for The Vitality IT20 Series against Sri Lanka commencing from Wednesday, 23 June 2021 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
England IT20 Squad
Eoin Morgan (Captain)
All-rounder Chris Woakes received a call up in the squad for the first time since 2015. His last international game in this format was against Pakistan in November 2015, while seamer David Willey last competed at this stage in May 2019 .
Spinner Liam Dawson, who last represented England in an IT20 in February 2018 in New Zealand, is one of three specialist spinners picked.
Players like all-rounder Ben Stokes (fractured finger), seamer Jofra Archer (right elbow) and Surrey’s Reece Topley (side strain) were not considered for selection due to their current injuries.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “With the T20 World Cup only a few months away, this summer is about perfecting our team and continue to progress on the field. We want to approach every series with an influx of players aiming to win every match and giving us the best preparation as we get closer to the tournament.
“With several high-profile players missing through injury, it allows me to look at some of our experienced players who have not featured at this level for some time. The likes of Chris Woakes and David Willey are very experienced cricketers, and to have them both in the mix is exciting and shows the depth of squad we have available.
“I want our team to play an attacking form of the game. I hope we can continue to excite the England fans with our approach.”
The Vitality IT20 Series
1st IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Wednesday 23 June 2021, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6.30pm BST)
2nd IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 24 June 2021, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (6.30pm BST)
3rd IT20: England v Sri Lanka, Saturday 26 June 2021, Ageas Bowl, Southampton (2.30pm BST)
England cricketer Ben Foakes ruled out of Test Series against New Zealand, Billings & Hameed added to the squad
England wicketkeeper Ben Foakes has been ruled out of the upcoming Test series against New Zealand after tearing his left hamstring.
Foakes, who was named in the England squad earlier this month, was set to play his first Test on home soil next month at Lord’s, endured the injury on Sunday while he slipped in the dressing room after Surrey’s County Championship match against Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
The wicketkeeper will now be assessed and work closely on his rehabilitation with the Surrey medical team. Foakes is expected to miss out on action for at least 3 months.
Kent’s wicketkeeper-batsman Sam Billings and Nottinghamshire’s top-order batsman Haseeb Hameed have been called up by England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood.
Billings, a key member of England’s limited over squads, is yet to make a Test debut.
Hameed, who has been in great form during the 2021 county season, has hit 474 runs with an average of 52.66, last representing England in Tests in November 2016. His three Test outings were against India during England’s winter tour during 2016.
Head Coach Silverwood names England Test squad against New Zealand
England Men’s Head Coach Chris Silverwood has picked the 15-player squad for the LV= Insurance Test Series against New Zealand. The series will consist of two matches and will commence at Lord’s on Wednesday 2 June 2021.
Wicketkeeper-batsman James Bracey and seamer Ollie Robinson have been picked in the Test squad for the first time. The two have been in great form during the early legs of the LV= Insurance County Championship.
All rounder Craig Overton, who last played a test match for England in September 2019 against Australia at Emirates Old Trafford, has also been recalled.
England International stars like Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been rested after finishing a quarantine period after the cancellation of the IPL earlier this month.
All-rounder Ben Stokes and seamer Jofra Archer were not considered for selection due to their injuries.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “The summer of Test cricket will be fascinating. Playing the top two teams in the world, in New Zealand and India, is perfect preparation for us as we continue to improve and progress towards an Ashes series in Australia at the back end of the year."
“James Bracey and Ollie Robinson deserve their call ups to the Test squad. They have been consistent performers in the County Championship this season and over the past 18 months, have excelled for the Lions on the field and in the various camps they have been involved in."
With respect to Archer and Stokes, Silverwood added: “Jofra Archer is to see a consultant this week to understand the severity of his right elbow injury. He struggled in Sussex’s Championship fixture last week and he wasn’t able to bowl on the final two days of the match. We need to get this resolved once and for all to give him the best chance of being fully fit as we build up to an intense winter, which will include a T20 World Cup and the Ashes. We need him firing in all formats of the game."
“Ben Stokes is making excellent progress following his fractured left index finger sustained last month in the Indian Premier League. If he continues to improve without any impact on his rehabilitation, we could see him return next month for Durham in the Vitality Blast competition. We will assess him again towards the end of this month."
England Men’s Test Squad
Joe Root (Captain), James Anderson , James Bracey , Stuart Broad, Rory Burns Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes , Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Dom Sibley , Olly Stone , Mark Wood
LV= Insurance Test Series
1st Test: England v New Zealand, 2-6 June 2021, Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
2nd Test: England v New Zealand, 10-14 June 2021, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Eng coach Silverwood to take break after NZ Tests, will skip Pak, SL ODI series
London, May 15 England head coach Chris Silverwood will take a break after his team's two Tests against New Zealand, handing over the reins of the ODI side to his assistants for the home series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, starting late June.
Having been part of England’s tours of Sri Lanka and India earlier this year, Silverwood said he will take a break to refresh himself before returning at the helm for the marquee Test series against visiting Indians, starting in August.
In Silverwood's absence, his assistants Paul Collingwood and Graham Thorpe will take charge of the ODI team for one series each in the home matches against Sri Lanka and Pakistan from late June to mid-July.
"I'll be passing the reins on for the ODI series. It's not fair on the players if I am operating at less than 100% and it is not fair on myself either," Silverwood was quoted as saying by the British media.
“Thorpey will do one and Colly will do the other and I’ll use it as my break to refresh and get ready for what is ahead of us,” he added.
Silverwood said just like the players, it was important to keep the backroom staff “as fresh as possible.” "It's just important that we keep our personnel as fresh as possible.
"You saw that during the winter that we tried to do that with our players, to the best of our ability, and it's equally important that we do that with the staff. It's important we look after each other." After the two-match home Test series against New Zealand, starting on June 2, England will play 12 white-ball internationals at home. Their limited overs home series against Sri Lanka begins on June 23 with the first of the three T20Is, followed by three ODIs.
Then, Pakistan's tour of three ODIs and as many T20Is begins on July 16. This will be followed by a five-match home Test series against India beginning August 4, when Silverwood will return at the helm of affairs. England has already adopted a rest-and-rotation policy for its players to tackle a relentlessly busy schedule.
After hosting seven Tests as well as the 12 white-ball internationals, England is scheduled to tour Pakistan and Bangladesh ahead of the T20 World Cup scheduled for October.
Joe Root’s Test team then travels to Australia for the Ashes series, followed by a tour of the Caribbean at the start of next year.
“I’m not going to deny – it’s not easy for me,” he said, of switching off from his job.
“Obviously I am wholly on board with what we are doing. I am very embedded in it now. I do find it hard to switch off but I’ll do my best,” Silverwood said.
England is expected to name the Test squad for the series against top-ranked New Zealand early next week. News Source : PTI
ECB confirms selection restructuring as Chris Silverwood announced selection in charge
According to a press release by The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), it has announced on Tuesday a restructure of its selection system for men's international teams.
A part of the restructure will include the dissolving of the role of National Selector, currently held by Ed Smith. Smith will leave the ECB at the end of the month. Since his appointment in 2018, England has enjoyed success across all formats, including victory at ICC 50-Over Men's World Cup in 2019 along with currently being ranked at 1st, 1st and 4th across the three formats.
This new structure, derived By Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men's Cricket, will hand clear accountability to the England Men's Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, who will be entrusted with the overall responsibility for future team selections from this point.
The Head Coach and the respective Test and limited overs Skippers, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan, will continue to work together on picking the final playing XI.
Backing this system will be a resource provided with intelligence from performance analysis, talent ID, scouting, medical and sports science.
There will be additional input from the England Men's Performance Director, Mo Bobat and James Taylor, who will have his job profile changed from England Selector to Head Scout. Coaches associated with the men's international teams will all feed into this process.
Ashley Giles, Managing Director, England Men's Cricket, said: "I would like to personally thank Ed for his contribution to the England men's teams over the past three years. Ed's input has helped deliver successes for all our England Teams, and he has worked with commitment and professionalism throughout his time as National Selector. I wish him well in his future endeavours.
"The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for over 120 years. Even though this system has its merits, with advances in technology and a greater information gathering resource at our disposal than ever before, the restructure is in the best interests of helping England men's teams be successful.
"The new structure also makes lines of accountability much clearer, with Chris Silverwood, as Head Coach, taking ultimate responsibility for picking England senior men's squads."
Ed Smith, said: "It has been a huge privilege to work with great people trying to help England cricket and I am excited about watching England's continued development.
"I've been very lucky to work with James Taylor, and I'm delighted that he will remain part of the new structure. My thanks to the dedicated team of scouts and to all the coaches, data analysts, medics and members of the ECB Pathway, who are available every day of the year at all hours to help England's decision-makers.
"England's two captains, Joe and Eoin, have already completed remarkable achievements in an England shirt. England has two men dedicated to playing cricket in a way that makes the country proud. The role of National Selector has been enjoyable and rewarding, and that is significantly due to my interaction with all of the England players.
"At such a high point for England cricket, I wish Ashley Giles, the coaches and all support staff good fortune over the coming months. I know how hard Ashley and his team work for England cricket. In particular, I'd like to wish Chris Silverwood good luck and every success going forward.”