England to play Australia in three ODIs after T20 World Cup finishes

Nine of England’s T20 World Cup stars will stay in Australia for three-match ODI series as Jos Buttler captains 15-man squad with Jason Roy retaining his spot despite wretched summer with the bat

  • England will play Australia in three ODIs next month after the T20 World Cup
  • Nine members of England’s T20 squad will stay on in Australia for the series
  • Alex Hales, Harry Brook, Tymal Mills and Ben Stokes will not feature in the squad
  • Jason Roy, dropped from T20 side after a wretched run of form, retains his spot

Nine members of England’s Twenty20 World Cup squad will stay on in Australia however far they go in the tournament to play three one-day internationals before heading for home.

Jos Buttler will captain a 15-man squad in the three-match series against Australia, starting in Adelaide on November 17, that does not include World Cup players in Alex Hales, Harry Brook, Tymal Mills and Ben Stokes, who has retired from 50-over cricket. Mark Wood and Liam Livingstone will also not feature in the ODIs.

Olly Stone, who joins Nottinghamshire next month, will be looking to add to his four ODI caps having last played for England in the format four years ago.

Jason Roy will play in England’s ODI series vs Australia after a poor summer with the bat

Jos Buttler will captain a 15-man squad in the three-match series against Australia

England’s 15-man squad to play Australia in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne:

Buttler, Moeen, Billings, S Curran, Dawson, Jordan, Malan, Rashid, Roy, Salt, Stone, Vince, Willey, Woakes, Wood. 

Jason Roy, dropped from the T20 squad after a wretched run of form, retains his 50-over place at the top of the order while James Vince returns to the squad for the first time since playing in England’s emergency Covid hit squad against Pakistan last year.

The matches have been tagged on to the end of this trip to fulfil future tour programme commitments but at least they will start the build-up to next October’s 50-over World Cup when England will defend their title in India.

With the focus back on the Twenty20 World Cup, Buttler insists England’s game against Ireland must go on if forecast rain hits Melbourne on Wednesday.

The England captain is wary of a repeat of the farcical conclusion to Monday’s match in Hobart when South Africa were poised for victory in a shortened game against Zimbabwe only for the umpires to deem conditions not good enough.

That led to a no result which could prove extremely costly for a South Africa side who know all about bad luck in tournaments, including being knocked out of last year’s T20 World Cup in the UAE on net run-rate after winning four of their five group games.

Roy was dropped from England’s T20 squad after a wretched run of form with the bat

‘Say we get a bit of rain during the match which isn’t that heavy and looks like it’s going to blow through,’ said Buttler on Tuesday as England trained at the MCG. ‘Can we just stay on and just keep playing? When it’s reasonable for you to continue then it’s right to play.

‘If it becomes dangerous or unfair then I can certainly understand stopping but, as much as we can, we need to keep the game moving.’

Buttler was asked if it was right for a team to be able to run byes if a batter is bowled by a ball that constituted a free hit, as happened in Sunday’s classic between India and Pakistan here in the last over and proved decisive in India’s last ball victory. Should it not be a dead ball?

‘India managed to score three runs off that ball which was a huge swing in that match so for them it was the perfect rule but hopefully that won’t happen to us,’ said the England captain. ‘It is a tough one to work out and there are a lot of laws that are far from perfect.

The 15-man squad for the three-match series next month will not feature Alex Hales (left), Harry Brook (right), Tymal Mills and Ben Stokes – who has retired from 50-over cricket

‘For instance I don’t think the review system is perfect. Say you need one to win in the World Cup final, you get given out lbw, you cross and complete a run, review it and it’s not out. That’s just a dot ball and that’s not ideal either.’

England face Australia here in a potentially decisive group game on Friday but Buttler said there will be concessions when they face the Irish qualifiers and he intends to play his strongest side in each of the five group matches.

That means, as long as there’s no reaction to training, both Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are in line to play against Ireland rather than being saved for the Aussies and rotated in favour of David Willey and Chris Jordan.

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