England name uncapped bowlers George Garton and David Payne in their squad to face West Indies next month with Eoin Morgan’s men set to be without its Test players as five-match series overlaps with the Ashes
- England have named their squad to face West Indies in next month’s series
- Head coach Paul Collingwood has named George Garton and David Payne
- They join Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali, with Test players absent during Ashes
England will send a squad shorn of its Test players to the Caribbean next month for the five-match Twenty20 series versus West Indies.
With the Ashes and the matches in Barbados overlapping due to a crammed international schedule, white-ball specialists like Eoin Morgan, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are joined by uncapped left-arm pace bowlers George Garton and David Payne.
Paul Collingwood will deputise for Chris Silverwood as head coach with the squad travelling on January 15, the second day of the final Test versus Australia in Hobart. Marcus Trescothick will be assistant coach.
England have named their squad to face West Indies for a five-match series next month
George Garton is one of two uncapped players who will travel to the Caribbean
Despite the absence of T20 regulars Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan, however, 11 of the 16 players travelling were in the United Arab Emirates last month as England made the World Cup semi-finals.
‘We have selected a strong squad with some serious batting power and a balanced attack as we begin preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia,’ said Collingwood.
‘The next World Cup is less than a year away and there will be increased opportunities for the squad in the absence of those players who are with the Ashes squad.
‘I have good memories winning a World Cup in Barbados and I’m really looking forward to going back there with this squad to face a very good West Indies who will test all aspects of our skills.’
ENGLAND T20 SQUAD
Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills, David Payne, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince.
Matches to be played
Saturday, January 22 – 1st T20I West Indies v England
Sunday, January 23 – 2nd T20I West Indies v England
Wednesday, January 26 – 3rd T20I West Indies v England
Saturday, January 29 – 4th T20I West Indies v England
Sunday, January 30 – 5th T20I West Indies v England