England has also announced the squad for the seven-match T20 series against Pakistan.
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England has announced its squad for the men’s ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia next month. In this team of England captained by Jos Buttler, experienced opener Jos Buttler has not got a place. For this tournament to be held in October-November, the English team has returned fast bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes, who were out of the team due to injury for the past few months, while the legends who were out of the World Cup last year. All-rounder Ben Stokes has also returned to the team.
Under the captaincy of Jos Buttler, the English team will enter a major tournament for the first time. Butler was appointed full-time captain in T20 and ODI formats after the retirement of Eoin Morgan in June this year. Buttler, however, is currently injured but the team is hopeful of his recovery soon. There is no shocking decision in this 15-member team. Even the possibility of Roy’s exit had been there for several days.
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Roy’s recent form, who played a key role in England winning the ODI World Cup title for the first time in 2019, has not been good at all. Last year in T20 International innings, he got out in unit scores 4 times. He reached the tens three times, but only once the strike rate was above 100 (only 103). Not only this, his bat is completely silent even in The Hundred and could not even open the account in two consecutive innings. In such a situation, his exit was considered certain. Young opener Phil Salt has been included in the team in place of Roy. However, Jonny Bairstow is likely to open with Captain Butler.
At the same time, the team has also expressed confidence in players like Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood not playing a single T20 match this year. Stokes did not play the T20 World Cup last year due to a break for mental health. At the same time, fast bowlers like Wood and Woakes have been out of the field for most of this year due to injury. Although, both these players will return from the 7-match T20 series on the tour of Pakistan this month, but Stokes has been given rest even more. That is, the Test captain of England will go straight into the World Cup.