England have named their 14-member squad for the one-off T20 game against Australia. The squad selected is also for the upcoming three-match T20 series against India that will begin from 3rd July. Pacer Chris Woakes has been ruled out of the series due to a thigh injury suffered during the second Test played against Pakistan at Headingley, Leeds. Woakes has been a consistent performer for the side over past couple of years. He is currently undergoing a rehabilitation process to make sure he is fit for the one-day series against India.
All-rounder Ben Stokes is also not included in the T20 squad after he suffered from a hamstring problem in the second Test against Pakistan played at Headingley, Leeds. Stokes has struggled to find form with the ball since his comeback to the side in March in New Zealand. He hasn’t looked the same after he was suspended for an indefinite period following his altercation in a bar in Bristol during home series against West Indies last year.
Joe Root has made a comeback to the side and will be keen to perform against Australia and India. England currently holds the edge over Australia after beating them in Australia in five-match one-day series. Root was not picked for the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-series and went unsold in the 2018 IPL Auction. He has replaced Dawid Malan, who has been impressive for England in the format.
Mark Wood has been rested given the upcoming big series against India. The first game of the one-day series against India will be played on 12th July. Wood is another player who has been plagued with injuries while playing for England across all three formats of the game.
England’s T20 Squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Joe Root, David Willey, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler (wk), Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett.