Eoin Morgan returns, England name full-strength squad for Pakistan T20Is after all 16-members test Covid-negative

  • England T20I squad for Pakistan series: Morgan is one of nine players who have been included in the squad after completing the required period of self-isolation following the series against Sri Lanka.
Eoin Morgan will lead England in the T20Is against Pakistan (Action Images via Reuters)
Eoin Morgan will lead England in the T20Is against Pakistan (Action Images via Reuters)
Published on Jul 14, 2021 01:46 PM IST
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Eoin Morgan was back as the England white-ball captain as nine of England's first-XI cricketers returned to the T20I squad after completing their self-isolation period for the three-match T20I series against Pakistan. ECB confirmed that all players and support staff members who were isolating, tested Covid-negative.

"Morgan is one of nine players who have been included in the squad after completing the required period of self-isolation following the series against Sri Lanka. All of the 16-player squad and support staff have returned negative Covid-19 tests to clear them for the series," ECB said in a release.

Paul Collingwood will oversee the team as head coach with Chris Silverwood to take a break. The three-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Friday 16 July.

England's first-XI cricketers, who were part of their last ODI series against Sri Lanka were sent into isolation after seven members - three cricketers and four members of the management - tested positive for Covid-19 barely a couple of days ahead of the ODI series against Pakistan.

ECB had to name a makeshift squad with as many as nine uncapped cricketers for the ODI series against Pakistan. All-rounder Ben Stokes, who was not a part of the Sri Lanka series, was named captain.

England's young and inexperienced squad, however, displayed a fine performance. The Ben Stokes-led side completed a clean sweep over Pakistan. England won the third and final ODI against Pakistan after completing a record chase in Edgbaston.

The likes of Lewis Gregory, Dawid Malan, Matt Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood who were part of the ODI squad that defeated Pakistan have found a place in the T20Is too.

Stokes, who was not supposed to play competitive cricket before the India Tests, was given a break after he led in the ODIs.

England's T20I 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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