England announces its preliminary T20 World Cup squad to be held in UAE and Oman in October on Thursday. Ben Stokes was not considered for the selection for his unavailability while Test captain Joe Root also couldn’t find his place. While fast-bowlers Tymal Mills and Chris Woakes included in the squad.
Mills, who played his last international cricket in 2016 makes his way after a fine display of performance at the Hundred. He played for Sussex in the T20 Blast and Southern Brave, the inaugural winners of the Hundred. His ability to bowl at the death saw him placed in the squad with Tom Curran making it to the reserves.
Coach Chris Silverwood said, “Tymal Mills deserves his inclusion and has demonstrated over the past couple of years, but particularly this summer that he has all skills to succeed at this level.”
“His exceptional pace is a standout, and the way he has spearheaded Sussex and Southern Brave’s respective attacks in the short-form game has shown that he relishes the pressures of the big stage. He will add variety to our bowling unit, and we can’t wait to see him play in a major international tournament.”, he added.
Woakes’s inclusion for his ability to bowl in the powerplay is an asset since Jofra Archer is out for the year. Archer suffered an injury to his elbow, hence ruling him out. Along with Mills, there are three left-arm bowlers in the squad – Sam Curran and David Willey.
In the batting order, T20 World No. 1 batsman Dawid Malan is included with captain Morgan, Bairstow, Buttler, and Roy. England have until October 10th to finalise their squad. They play two T20Is in Pakistan on 14 and 15. Followed by two warm-up matches in UAE to prepare for the tournament.
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