England have named a 15 man squad to take on Pakistan in the upcoming ODI series, and the it sees a welcome return for Durham paceman, Mark Wood.
Wood is joined back in the squad by Durham team mate Ben Stokes, who is expected to start the series as a batsman only, and Liam Dawson is also in. Out go the injured Steven Finn, and batsman James Vince.
It can’t come as any real surprise to see Vince miss out, and I would fully expect to see him jettisoned from the Test team as well. He looks to have plenty of talent, but I would imagine he will be sent back to his county with a message to tighten up his technique, and then maybe he will be considered for the national side again.
His Hampshire team mate Liam Dawson is in though, and personally, I believe this selection could be with a view to seeing him getting picked for the Test team.
Dawson looks and sounds like the closest thing England have to what Graeme Swann gave them, and he seems to be the type of bowler the England hierarchy are craving.
The England squad in full to take on Pakistan is Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
In the cricket betting, England are odds on favourites to win the 1st ODI, taking place on Wednesday 24th August. Eoin Morgan’s side are 4/9 to win the day/nighter from the Rose Bowl, with Pakistan coming in at 7/4.
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