England name nine uncapped players in new squad after Covid outbreak

England name nine uncapped players in new squad after Covid outbreak
Ben Stokes will captain the new-look team after an outbreak of coronavirus among players and staff sent the original group into isolation

England have named nine uncapped players in a brand new squad for the one-day international series with Pakistan which starts this week after a Covid outbreak forced the original squad into isolation.

Ben Stokes will captain the side and Chris Silverwood returns from a break to fill in as head coach.

The announcement comes after the news that three members of the initial playing group and four members of the management staff had tested positive for Covid-19, and consequently the entire squad initially selected was required to isolate.

England face Pakistan on Thursday in Cardiff in the first of three ODIs, with fixtures scheduled at Lord’s on Saturday and Edgbaston next Tuesday, before three T20s at Trent Bridge, Headingley and Old Trafford.

Managing director of England men’s cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “It’s a great opportunity to play on the biggest stage, and for most of the players selected it’s not necessarily something they would have been expecting 24 hours ago.

“It’s an exciting group of players, with some young talent and some players who have impressed at domestic level over a long period of time.

“We’re in unprecedented territory, in terms of replacing an entire squad and management team, and I’m very proud of how everyone has come together in order to get it done – both those within the ECB and from the county game.

“Ben hasn’t captained our ODI side before so it’s a huge honour for him. We all wish him well and it’s a role I’m sure he’ll thrive in. I’d like to also put on record the thanks of the ECB to the PCB for their support and understanding during this time.”

More to follow…

England squad

Ben Stokes (Durham, captain)

Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)

Danny Briggs (Warwickshire)

Brydon Carse (Durham)

Zak Crawley (Kent)

Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Tom Helm (Middlesex)

Will Jacks (Surrey)

Dan Lawrence (Essex)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Craig Overton (Somerset)

Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)

David Payne (Gloucestershire)

Phil Salt (Sussex)

John Simpson (Middlesex)

James Vince (Hampshire)

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