Left-arm pacer Reece Topley made a return after four years as England on Monday named a 14-member squad for the three-match ODI series against Ireland beginning on Thursday.
Eoin Morgan will captain the side while Moeen Ali will be his deputy. Three players were also named as reserves.
The 26-year-old Topley has taken 16 wickets in 10 ODIs but last represented England in the World T20 in 2016. He had issues with his back and went under the knife in 2018. He was Sussex’s leading wicket taker in the Blast last year.
Sam Billings, Liam Dawson and David Willey also made a comeback to the England squad for the series which will be played behind closed doors in a bio-secure environment.
Billings is making a return after two years, having missed out of a World Cup selection after dislocating his shoulder. Willey, on the other hand, missed out the 50-over showpiece as Archer was preferred over him.
The uncapped trio of Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory and Liam Livingstone have been named as reserves.
While the likes of Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood have not been considered as they are currently involved in the Test series against the West Indies, World Cup winners Jonny Bairstow, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy and James Vince have been named in the squad. Also finding a place in the squad is Joe Denly, who was left out of the Test series.
“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,” said England selector James Taylor in a statement.
“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.”
He said the series against Ireland will be an opportunity to continue the exciting evolution of the ODI side, while also looking towards the T20 World Cup next year.
The second and third ODIs will be held at the same venue – Ageas Bowl – on August 1 and 4 respectively.
This series will launch of the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League, which will determine qualification for the World Cup in 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India.
For Ireland, all-rounder Curtis Campher received his maiden international call up as a 14-man squad wasa announced for the opening match of the three-ODI series against England starting at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday.
Andrew Balbirnie will captain the side, while Paul Stirling will be his deputy.
Middle-order batsman Harry Tector will also hope to make his ODI debut having played 20 T20I for Ireland.
“One notable inclusion for Irish fans is Curtis Campher, who has been called up to the Ireland senior squad for the first time,” Andrew White, Chair of national men’s selectors, said.
“Curtis has impressed selectors and coaches with both his batting and bowling, played very well for the Ireland Wolves against Namibia in February, has trained well in recent weeks and provides a great balance to the side.”
Talking about Tector, White said: “Harry has already featured in 20 T20 Internationals for Ireland, and has demonstrated during warm-up games and in training that he is ready for this format of the game. His half-century on Sunday was against an excellent attack, and demonstrated a maturity in his batting for a player so early in their career.”
Mark Adair, who had emerged as the leading ODI wicket-taker in 2019, has not yet recovered completely from an ankle injury suffered earlier this year and remains the most notable player missing in the squad.
Among others, left-arm spinner George Dockrell and middle-order batsman Gary Wilson have been placed among the reserves for the serie.
“These ODIs are not only a great opportunity for our squad to test themselves against the World Champions, but are extremely important in the context of qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup,” White said.
England ODI Squad:
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey.
Reserves: Richard Gleeson, Lewis Gregory, Liam Livingstone.
Ireland squad for first ODI
Andrew Balbirnie (c), Curtis Campher, Gareth Delany, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, Kevin O’Brien, William Porterfield, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker, Craig Young
Reserves: Mark Adair, Peter Chase, George Dockrell, JJ Garth, Tyrone Kane, James McCollum, Stuart Thompson, Gary Wilson.
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