England captain Eoin Morgan says development is more important than winning the West Indies T20 series | Cricket News



Eoin Morgan is captain of a 17-man England squad for the five-game T20 international series against West Indies in Barbados

England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan said his side’s development was more important than winning the five-game T20 international series in the West Indies.

Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Dawid Malan, Mark Wood and Ben Stokes are among those who have missed games due to their efforts with Ashes, meaning there could be debuts for left-arm dressmakers David Payne and George Garton and hitter Harry Brook.

A group of England players, including Saqib Mahmood and James Vince, played in the Big Bash League in Australia, venue for the next T20 World Cup later this year.

Eoin Morgan, captain (Middlesex), Moeen Ali, (Worcestershire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), George Garton (Sussex), Chris Jordan (Surrey) , Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Tymal Mills (Sussex), David Payne (Gloucestershire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Lancashire), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire)

  • 1st T20 – 22 January, Barbados
  • 2nd T20 – January 23, Barbados
  • 3rd T20 – January 26, Barbados
  • 4th T20 – January 29, Barbados
  • 5thT20 – January 30, Barbados

Asked if staying in the BBL would have been better preparation for the World Cup than a series in the Caribbean, Morgan said: “It takes guys out of their comfort zone a lot more.

« Unless they’re playing finals or games that go over the Big Bash, [then] I would agree with you, but few games have been close.

“Here will take them out of their comfort zone because the West Indies are a very talented team. They beat at number 11.

“I think the whole tour is where developing our game is actually more important than winning the series. »

The England squad includes four left-arm seam bowlers in Tymal Mills, Reece Topley and uncapped George Garton and David Payne

The England squad includes four left-arm seam bowlers in Tymal Mills, Reece Topley and uncapped George Garton and David Payne

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The series against the West Indies begins on Saturday evening (8 p.m. GMT).

Liam Livingstone will be out with an unrelated illness, but wicketkeeper Sam Billings is in contention.

Billings initially looked unlikely to be available for this weekend’s double-header – game two is at 8pm GMT on Sunday – after joining English side Ashes and making his Test debut in Hobart.

But the early end to the game in Tasmania – Joe Root’s side beaten in three days as they suffered a 4-0 series defeat – allowed the Kent player to arrive in the Caribbean with some free time.

Pollard: We can’t keep dwelling on the past

England beat West Indies at the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October, thrashing the Caribbean side for just 55 in a six-wicket victory in the group stage.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard says his team must focus on their current players and not past legends

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard says his team must focus on their current players and not past legends

A different-looking Windies side will line up in Barbados over the next week, with Dwayne Bravo retiring from international cricket after the World Cup and Chris Gayle overlooked.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said: « We’ve moved on, we can’t keep dwelling on the past.

“These guys have done a great job for us and they are legends in their own right, it’s time we started focusing on what is needed right now.

“I don’t think the focus is on what we had before, it’s about what we can do now to improve for the West Indies. »

West Indies recently lost 2-1 to Ireland in a home ODI series.

Pollard added: “We have to improve the way we play in all departments.

“The batting has certainly been a problem for us, but the good thing about it is that we have some new faces in the group, guys looking to make a name for themselves on the international stage and in world cricket.

“We just have to be able to do the basics well, play the situation and not the game. For us, it’s like starting from scratch. »



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