ENG vs WI 2022: ECB has announced a 16 man squad for the five-match T20I series against West Indies slated to be played in January 2022. The national selectors have included David Payne in England’s squad for the West Indies series.
The 30-year-old pacer has been named in England’s ODI squad for the Pakistan series earlier this year after England’s first-string squad underwent isolation due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in their camp. Though the pacer didn’t get a chance to play a single game in that series, he enjoys a decent record in domestic cricket. He has scalped 12 wickets from 9 matches at 8.83 ER for Gloucestershire county club. Payne had also featured in the inaugural season of the Hundred tournament where he returned with six wickets for the Welsh Fire franchise.
Meanwhile, Paul Collingwood will be the Head Coach for the West Indies series in the absence of Chris Silverwood who is currently in Australia for the Ashes 2021-2022. Marcus Trescothick will be Collingwood’s assistant coach for the series. Out of 16 players being named 11 were a part of three lions T20 World Cup squad excluding the players who are currently a part of the Ashes series. The players who have been missed out from the squad are Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Mark Wood, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, and David Willey.
“We have selected a strong squad with some serious batting power and a balanced attack as we begin preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia,” Collingwood said.
“The World Cup is less than a year away and there will be increased opportunities for the squad in the absence of those players who are with the Ashes squad. I have good memories of winning a World Cup in Barbados and I’m really looking forward to going back there with this squad to face a very good West Indies who will test all aspects of our skills”, Collingwood added in his statement
The T20I series will begin on January 22 with the final T20I to be played on janaury 30. The squad for the subsequent three-match test series which will be played in Antigua from March 8 will be announced in due course of time.
ENG vs WI 2022, T20I Series, England Squad:
Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Saqib Mahmood, Tymal Mills, David Payne, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Phil Salt, Reece Topley, James Vince.
ENG vs WI 2022, T20I Series Itinerary:
January 22 – 1st T20I West Indies v England
January 23 – 2nd T20I West Indies v England
January 26 – 3rd T20I West Indies v England
January 29 – 4th T20I West Indies v England
January 30 – 5th T20I West Indies v England