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Ben Stokes to lead England ODI squad against Pakistan

Ben Stokes. Photo: GettyImages/ECB

London, July 6 (MNN) Ben Stokes will captain England men’s ODI cricket team for the first time against Pakistan. There are nine uncapped players in the host’s squad.

The ECB has named an 18-strong team for the Royal London Series against the visitors, with the announcement coming after news that three players from the initital squad and four members of management staff had tested positive for COVID-19.

The entire squad which was initially selected to take on Pakistan was required to isolate as a result.

Chris Silverwood, who had been due to take some time away during the white-ball series, is back as Head Coach.

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.”

England ODI 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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