In a strategic move, England Cricket Board (ECB) have announced that Jos Buttler will retain the captaincy for the limited-over squads during the upcoming tour to the West Indies. The decision reflects the confidence placed in Buttler’s leadership prowess even though England failed to reach the semifinals of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.
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Some key players dropped from the England squad
The West Indies tour, scheduled to commence in December, will see Buttler guiding the English team in both One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20 Internationals (T20Is). Apart from Buttler only five more players – Gus Atkinson, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Sam Curran and Liam Livingstone – who were in the squad for the ODI World Cup in India have been named for the West Indies tour.
The squad announcement for the limited-over series highlighted the inclusion of some promising talents, with an emphasis on blending experience and youth. Meanwhile, key players like Ben Stokes, Dawid Malan, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood have not been named in either of the squads.
The West Indies tour holds significance as England looks to fine-tune their preparations for upcoming major tournaments, including the T20 World Cup, slated to be played in the West Indies and the USA next year.
England squads for the West Indies tour
ODIs: Jos Buttler (c), Rehan Ahmed, Gus Atkinson, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Ollie Pope, Phil Salt, Josh Tongue, John Turner
T20Is: Jos Buttler (c), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Josh Tongue, Reece Topley, John Turner, Chris Woakes
The cricketing fraternity now awaits an exciting showdown in the Caribbean as Jos Buttler leads the charge for England in the limited-over formats. As the squad gears up for challenges in the West Indies, fans anticipate thrilling cricketing action and the continued evolution of England’s white-ball cricket under Buttler’s captaincy.
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