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Saqib Mahmood named in England ODI squad

Saqib Mahmood named in England ODI squad

The fast bowler is in a 14-man squad to face Ireland behind-closed-doors at the Ageas Bowl

Saqib Mahmood has been named in England's 14-man One-Day International squad to face Ireland in three behind-closed-doors at Hampshire's Ageas Bowl.

The 23-year-old made his ODI debut against South Africa earlier this year and was the leading wicket-taker in last year's Royal London One-Day Cup.

Red Rose team mates Liam Livingstone and Richard Gleeson are among three reserves and will stay with the squad on the south coast.

The first ODI is on Thursday (30 July) followed by Saturday (1 August) and Tuesday (4 August).

None of the Test squad are considered due to their involvement in the West Indies series over the last few weeks, meaning Jos Buttler is not selected in the squad.

James Taylor, the England selector who has been watching the team's preparations at the Ageas Bowl, said:  “We are developing excellent strength in depth in white-ball cricket. Even though a number of Test players are unavailable, there is great competition for places, as we have seen during the intra-squad matches and the England Lions warm-up match.

"There are a number of players who'll feel unlucky not to have made the final squad and that says a lot about how many players we currently have pushing hard for selection at the highest level.

"These ODIs against Ireland are an opportunity to continue the exciting evolution of the ODI side, while also looking towards the T20 World Cup in 2021.

"In this challenging season, everyone at England appreciates the hard work and dedication of the county coaches and support staff who have helped these players to get ready for competitive cricket.”

The series will see the launch of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. Introduced to bring context to ODI cricket, the Super League will determine qualification for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 with the top seven teams automatically booking their spot at the event in India.


England squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) Captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Joe Denly (Kent), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Yorkshire) 

Reserves: Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

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