England players forced out by Covid isolation return for T20 series

Nine England players forced into self-isolation by Covid-19 outbreak return to the squad for T20 series against Pakistan with Saqib Mahmood and Lewis Gregory rewarded for ODI displays… but Ben Stokes will sit it out

  • England have named their 16-man squad for three-match Pakistan T20 series
  • Nine players forced into self-isolation by Covid-19 outbreak will return
  •  Eoin Morgan will assume captaincy duties once again from Ben Stokes
  • Stokes led a ‘B team’ to a 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan in one-day series 
  • Saqib Mahmood and Lewis Gregory rewarded with call-up to T20 squad 

Nine of the England players forced to self-isolate following a Covid-19 outbreak will return for the Twenty20 series against Pakistan.

Captain Eoin Morgan, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler are among the big names to return for the three-match series, which begins at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Friday night.

Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory and Matt Parkinson have been rewarded for their performances in the ‘B team’ squad called up for the one-day series with Pakistan, which England won 3-0.

Captain Eoin Morgan is among nine players back in the England squad following 10 days of Covid-19 self-isolation ahead of the T20 series with Pakistan 

Saqib Mahmood has been rewarded for his displays in the ODI series with Pakistan with a call-up to the 16-strong T20 squad ahead of three matches in the next week

England squad for Pakistan T20s  

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex – captain)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)

Tom Banton (Somerset)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Tom Curran (Surrey)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Chris Jordan (Sussex)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

David Willey (Yorkshire)

But Ben Stokes, who returned to the England fold early after finger surgery to captain that side, won’t take part in the T20 series.

The entire 16-man England squad initially selected for the ODI series against Pakistan, plus all management staff, were forced into isolation for 10 days after three players and four staff tested positive for coronavirus.

They have all completed their self-isolation period and tested negative before being named in the latest squad, as England continue their build-up to the T20 World Cup in October and November.

Lewis Gregory is another to be included after performing well in the 3-0 ODI series whitewash

What was in effect an England ‘B team’ but captained by Ben Stokes won the ODI series 3-0

Moeen Ali, Jason Roy and Tom Curran are others from the self-isolated group ready to return to action.

After Friday night’s opener in Nottingham, there are further matches at Headingley in Leeds on Sunday and Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.

Paul Collingwood will oversee the team as head coach with Chris Silverwood to take a break.

England’s strength in depth in the white ball game was shown by their ODI series sweep of Pakistan, including a successful pursuit of 332 to win at Edgbaston on Tuesday, thanks in large part to James Vince’s 102.

James Vince hit 102 as England chased down 332 to win Tuesday’s third ODI at Edgbaston

Series dates 

Friday First T20 (Trent Bridge)

Sunday Second T20 (Headingley)

Tuesday Third T20 (Manchester) 

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.’

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