No place for Jofra Archer in England squads for the ODI and T20I series against New Zealand as he continues to recover from elbow injury that has sidelined him this summer; teenage leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed included in T20I squad only, as is big-hitting batter Harry Brook
Ben Stokes has been named in England’s ODI squad to face New Zealand in the upcoming four-match series in September, confirming his return to the set-up ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in India later this year.
There is no place for Jofra Archer in the 15-player squad as the fast bowler, so instrumental in England’s 50-over World Cup win four years ago, continues his recovery from an elbow injury that has kept him out this summer.
Promising pace bowler Gus Atkinson has been rewarded with a debut call-up after bursting onto the scene this summer. The 25-year-old has taken 20 wickets in five County Championship games at an average of 20.20 for Surrey and, perhaps more pertinently, is the second-leading wicket-taker in The Hundred, with nine wickets in four games at 10.66 a pop.
England men’s ODI squad vs New Zealand
Jos Buttler (Lancashire – captain), Moeen Ali (Warwickshire), Gus Atkinson (Surrey), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Mark Wood (Durham), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Nineteen-year-old leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed has been named in England’s squad for the four-match T20I series against New Zealand but is not included for the ODIs.
Atkinson is one of three uncapped players in T20 internationals included in that 15-player squad, along with Hampshire right-arm seamer John Turner and Worcestershire quick Josh Tongue, who made his England Test debut this summer.
England men’s T20I squad vs New Zealand
Jos Buttler (Lancashire – captain), Rehan Ahmed (Leicestershire), Moeen Ali (Warwickshire), Gus Atkinson (Surrey), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Harry Brook (Yorkshire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Will Jacks (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Josh Tongue (Worcestershire), John Turner (Hampshire), Luke Wood (Lancashire)
Stokes – along with Joe Root, Jason Roy, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood – has only been included in England’s ODI squad, while Ahmed, Harry Brook, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Tongue, Turner and Luke Wood are in the T20I party only.