England v West Indies: Tourists recall Sam Billings & Dawid Malan for T20 series
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England have recalled Sam Billings and Dawid Malan for the three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies starting on Tuesday, 5 March.
Wicketkeeper Billings and batsman Malan return to the T20 squad for the first time since last year's tour of Australia and New Zealand.
All-rounder Ben Stokes and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will be rested.
Opener Jason Roy will also miss the series to return home for the birth of his first child.
Roy will leave the tour after the fifth and final match of the on-going one-day international series against the Windies.
The Surrey batsman scored 123 from 85 balls in the first game to help England reach their 360-run target.
England's three T20s will take place on 5, 8 and 10 March, and Billings will be aiming to use those games, along with a stint in the Indian Premier League for Chennai Super Kings, to push his claims for a place in this summer's World Cup squad.
"There's not just 15 guys who are looking for a World Cup spot, there are probably 25-30 guys who could easily get in," he said prior to being picked in the T20 squad.
"There is healthy competition all the way down.
"It's in my hands really. I'm actually pretty calm about it, there's not much I can do apart from enjoy my cricket."
England T20 squad
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Liam Plunkett (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), David Willey (Yorkshire), Mark Wood (Durham).
Nonsense. Averages and strike rates:
Buttler: 26.8, 138.6
Hales: 32.1, 136.2
Morgan: 28.4 131.4
Stokes 15.5, 130.3
Root: 35.8, 128.6
So he has a slightly worse strike rate but a far better average than everyone else.
One dayers... the glue that held the innings together last night rotating the strike with Roy.
Test Matches - our best player in the longer format of the game
Anyone who watches the big bash will know how badly he struggled down under
Keep him for real cricket,not these slog fests where he could get injured.
You really are ignorant of the basics of cricket eligibility.
Morgan opted for England to play Test cricket, as Ireland didn't. Just as Scots like Denness and Hamilton did, and the Dane Amjad Khan. Once an England player, he has gone on to become our greatest ODI leader. It would be immoral to change back, not stay as Captain of England.
You're just wrong.
He has played 5 T20Is for England and scored four 50s with a strike rate of 150+. That's a pretty good return...
Here's why (Google try it sometime!)
Eoin Morgan satisfies certain regulations which make him eligible to play for England as well
A person can play for a country if he has played four years of professional cricket in that country. Morgan was a part of Middlesex since the age of 16 which means he qualifies to play for England
Root averages 36 runs at a strike rate of 129 in T20i which is world class.
Malan has played 5 T20 internationals. Scored 4 50s, averages 50, strike rate of 151. Just saying.
Must be something else going on here.
Contrast this to the Kent duo of Billings and Denby - what have this pair ever done on the international level.
Very poor selection criteria.
I agree Stokes needs a well deserved rest, but Buttler?
Why does Buttler need a rest?
Bairstow has done more keeping than him lately.
Oh hang on, Buttler needs a rest before he goes & play in the IPL.
2 hours ago
Malan over Vince really?
Unbelievable,how could England pick a player with a strike rate of 150.6 and an average of 50.
Over a player with a strike rate of 117.5 and an average of 27 (and a highest score of 46) 😂😂