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 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