Morgan to captain makeshift England T20 squad in West Indies

Under stand-in coach Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan will captain England on their five-match T20 tour to the West Indies next month. Collingwood will take command, with Marcus Trescothick joining him as an assistant coach, with the Ashes Test series in Australia due to end just four days before the first match between the sides in Barbados.

There are no players in the roster that played in the Ashes, however, there are 11 players who played in the T20 World Cup semi-finals in November. The only uncapped players are left-arm seamer David Payne and all-rounder George Garton. “As we begin preparations for the T20 World Cup in Australia, we have selected a quality side with some serious batting strength and a balanced attack,” Collingwood stated. “With the absence of those players who are with the Ashes group, the World Cup is less than a year away, and the squad will have more opportunity.”

Paul Collingwood went on to say that touring the West Indies while England won the T20 World Cup in Barbados in 2009 was a highlight of his career. In the T20I series between the two teams, Collingwood stated that the West Indies cricket squad will put England to the test.

“I have fond memories of winning a World Cup in Barbados, and I’m excited to return there with this side to face a very excellent West Indies team that will put all of our skills to the test,” Collingwood said.

Squad – Eoin Morgan (captain), 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