• September 25, 2023

England v Pakistan: Ben Stokes to captain as hosts name 18 players in new squad

Uncapped Phil Salt (left) and Will Jacks (right) could perform alongside Ben Stokes

Conference location: Cardiff Time: 13:00 CEST Date: Thursday July 8th
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Following their Covid outbreak, England took the unprecedented move of naming an all-new 18-man squad for their one-day streak against Pakistan just two days before the first game.

Ben Stokes will captain a team of up to nine debutants, while a number of players will be given a dramatic chance to represent their country again when the series kicks off with three games on Thursday.

The new faces

Phil Salt, Brydon Carse, Will JacksSalt (left), Carse (center) and Jacks (right) could all make their England debuts against Pakistan

Six of the squad have never played an international match.

The most famous of these is that of Sussex Phil Salt, a 24-year-old destructive opening bat who has played on previous English squads and has played in the Big Bash, the Pakistan Super League and the Caribbean Premier League.

Will Jacks, 22, is another exciting, aggressive batsman. He scored a 25-ball hound for Surrey in a pre-season game and hit 87 in the T20 Blast against Kent last week. Jacks also throw useful off-spin strokes.

32 years old, John Simpson is a seasoned wicketkeeper batter who was called up in all formats after a number of solid seasons for Middlesex.

He is supported by the district team colleague in the squad Tom Helm, a 27 year old fast bowler who was part of an extended English squad that toured but did not play South Africa before Christmas.

South Africa-born Brydon Carse, 25, is chosen despite his humble 50-over record. He has bowled for Durham at a brisk pace and impressed on a Lions tour of Australia last year.

Gloucestershires David Payne, 30, another who has more than 10 years of experience in the circle game, offers a bowling option for the left arm.

The familiar names

Lewis Gregory, Dan Lawrence and Zak CrawleyGregory (left) played eight T20s, Lawrence (center) seven tests and Crawley (right) 14 tests

There are three other players in the English roster who are vacant at the ODI level, but each will be known from different formats.

Zak CrawleyThe 23-year-old has a chance to find some form after his hot spell in last month’s testing streak against New Zealand where he scored zeros, two, two and 17.

His brilliant 267 in the third Test against Pakistan last summer may seem like a long time ago, but it has shown that he has the shots for white ball cricket.

Another step from the test page is Dan Lawrence. His red ball record is far better than White’s, but in his seven-test career, the Essex batter has hinted at one-day cricket game.

Somerset all-rounder Lewis GregoryHe, too, who doesn’t have to deliver an outstanding performance in his eight T20s for England, gets a chance.

The great opportunities

Jake Ball, Ben Duckett, Matt ParkinsonBall and Duckett (left and center) led Notts Outlaws to the T20 Blast title last season

In addition to debutants, this roster now also offers unexpected opportunities to players who were on the fringes of the English ODI roster and those who thought that an international appearance might never come back.

Spinner for the left arm Danny Briggs played his only ODI in 2012, while the last of his seven T20 appearances was in 2014.

Nottinghamshire batter Ben Duckett In 2016 he met two fifties in his three ODIs against Bangladesh, but has only played once for England since his suspension Pouring a drink over James Anderson in a bar in Perth.

Closer Jake Ball, now 30 years old, will have another great interest in adding more England appearances. He’s been constant for Notts since winning the last of his 24 internationals for England in 2018 and was the leading wicket taker in last year’s Blast.

The player with the most winnings is arguably Matt Parkinson, the Lancashire leg spinner. He spent the winter carrying the drinks across India and Sri Lanka only to be excluded from the original squad against Pakistan.

All-rounder Craig Overtonwho has an ODI cap seems more likely to appear in England’s test plans in the future, but has the option of pushing their way up the pecking order.

And could this series finally, in the endto be the one James Vince unfolds its enormous potential in an unexpected last chance?

The ‘experienced’ names

Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan and Saqib MahmoodBen Stokes (left) will be the captain of England for the second time in the series

That leaves everything StokesHe stormed in to captain the team with a mix of players to choose from.

England’s all-rounder superstar was originally rested for this series, recovering from a broken finger playing for Durham. His comeback performances were solid but not spectacular.

Much will fall on the shoulders Dawid Malanwho will hope to carry his incredible T20 international record into the 50-over game and be a seasoned head on the lineup.

Lancashires Saqib Mahmood, with four ODI and six T20 caps on his name, appears to be the likely leader of the bowling attack. He would have been in the original roster if he hadn’t been injured.


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