Ind vs Eng: England T20 World Cup team: Captain Eoin Morgan on Monday declared that performances of players in the three-match ODI series against India will be taken into consideration in the build-up to the T20 World Cup. The Three Lions will be taking the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium field without their mainstays Joe Root, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes. Also, T20 stars Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan are in reserves.
“We see the 50-over format between the two T20 World Cups as a building block for our squad,” said Morgan during the pre-match conference.
“Given the squads are very similar, we see both skill sets as very valuable.
“Playing any international cricket is a huge opportunity for guys who have been here on the fringes and not made the selection so far.”
Ind vs Eng ODI Series: The series will be a golden opportunity for players like Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, and Reece Topley.
“Our white-ball teams are extremely skilled,” said Morgan, 34. “Building on the back of the World Cup win in 2019, it’s important we continually drive that forward, because if we rest on our laurels, it becomes a bigger challenge to upskill.”
It will also be a chance for England’s veteran all-rounder Moeen Ali, who did was not part of England’s 3-2 T20 series defeat, to seek redemption.
Ind vs Eng: 3 players who have a chance to prove their mettle
The hero of England’s 50-over series against Australia in Manchester last year with a hundred and a fifty, Billings is still not a regular in England’s white-ball batting line-up.
The 29-year-old looks sure to get another opportunity on Tuesday — either in Joe Root’s No 3 position or in the finisher role that suits him best.
Livingstone claims that he is a far more mature cricketer than he was during his star performance in T20s against South Africa in 2017.
The hard-hitting right-handed batsman, 27, wants to be considered an all-rounder, and his mix of leg and off-spin could earn him the back-up spinner’s role to Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali in October’s T20 World Cup.