ENG vs SL: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Saturday named a 16-member men’s squad for their upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka. The Royal London ODI Series against Sri Lanka is due to start at Emirates Riverside, Durham on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. The England squad will be led by Eoin Morgan.
Sussex pacer George Garton has received his maiden call-up in the squad. Garton has played 24 List A games, picking 29 wickets.
England Men’s Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, said: “We have been monitoring the progress of George Garton for quite some time. He has been a significant part of Sussex’s bowling unit in white-ball cricket for an extended period. His ability to bowl quickly with his point of difference being a left-arm certainly gives us options in this series, and he deserves his chance at this level.
“This ODI series is important as we continue to build momentum ahead of the 2023 World Cup. Despite some injuries, the squad I have selected is strong and gives us depth across all departments. We are looking forward to competing and putting on a show for the fans.
Several mainstay players made themselves unavailable for contention due to their respective injuries. These include Jofra Archer, Reece Topley, and Saqib Mahmood. Apart from them, England has managed to include other senior players, ignoring their rotation policy.
Ben Stokes has also not made into the squad owing to his injured finger. However, coach Chris Silverwood said that he would be returning to action for Durham in the weekend after his recovery. Olly Stone also got sidelined owing to a stress fracture of his lower back.
“Several players are not available for selection due to injury. Jofra Archer (right elbow), Saqib Mahmood (abdominal) and Reece Topley (side strain) are all missing, but continue to make excellent progress from their respective injuries.
“We are pleased that Ben Stokes is returning to action with Durham this weekend after recovering from a fractured finger. If everything goes to plan, I hope he could be available for selection for the Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan next month.
“Unfortunately, following the second Test at Edgbaston against New Zealand, Olly Stone has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of his lower back and will miss the rest of the summer with the injury. It is a great shame as Olly was showing real promise with the ball and would have been part of our selection plans for this series.”
ENG vs SL ODI series fixtures
1st ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Tuesday 29 June 2021, Emirates Riverside, Durham
2nd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Thursday 1 July 2021, Kia Oval, London
3rd ODI: England v Sri Lanka, Sunday 4 July 2021, County Ground, Bristol
England Squad: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood