Buttler, Archer recalled for England's limited-overs leg against Australia
England have announced their squads for the T20I and ODI series against Australia. The likes of Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Mark Wood have been recalled into the squads, while England's Test captain Joe Root didn't find a spot in the T20 squad. Fast bowler David Willey has also been left out. Meanwhile, the leg will commence in September with the three-match T20I series.
Here is England's squad for the three-match T20I series, starting September 4. England T20I squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood. Reserves: Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood.
England ODI Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood. Reserves: Joe Denly, Saqib Mahmood
All-rounder Sam Curran and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler have been included in both the squads, while Chris Woakes makes it to the 50-over team. Meanwhile, the return of front-line seamer Jofra Archer has pushed fellow fast bowler Saqib Mahmood to the reserves. Right-handed batsman Liam Livingstone is the other reserve for the T20I series with Joe Denly being the stand-by for the ODIs.
Opener Jason Roy, who is still recovering from a left side-strain, hasn't been considered for the leg. As expected, all-rounder Ben Stokes remains unavailable to be with his father, who was diagnosed with brain cancer. Notably, Root has not been included in the T20I squad to reduce his workload. Fast bowler Willey also missed the cut even after impressing against Ireland, earlier this year.
Speaking on Root's exclusion, national selector Ed Smith stated Root is still in contention for white-ball cricket. "I don't think any door is closed for Joe Root," said Smith. "He's a brilliant cricketer, an outstanding man. He's also England's Test captain. And at the moment we are setting up in a particular way as an XI in T20 cricket, and Joe's not in that."
As per the schedule announced by the ECB, Australia will tour England in September this year. The T20Is will be played on September 4, 6, and 8 respectively at the Ageas Bowl. Besides, the Emirates Old Trafford will play host to the three ODIs on September 11, 13, and 16 respectively. Following the series, the IPL-bound players from both sides will leave for UAE.