Squads to face Aus­tralia

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EJG Mor­gan (capt), Moeen Ali,

JC Archer, JM Bairstow, T Ban­ton, SW Billings, JC But­tler (wkt), SM Cur­ran, TK Cur­ran, JL Denly, CJ Jor­dan,

DJ Malan,

AU Rashid, MA Wood. Re­serves: LS Liv­ing­stone, S Mah­mood.

(all Ageas Bowl) Sept 4 (6pm), Sept 6 (2.15pm), Sept 8 (6pm).

Mor­gan (c), Moeen, Archer, Bairstow, Ban­ton, Billings, But­tler, SM Cur­ran, TK Cur­ran, Rashid, JE Root,

CR Woakes, Wood. Re­serves: Denly, Mah­mood.

(all

Old Traf­ford, 1pm) Sept 11, 13 and 16. get a chance in the fi­nal game to­day at Emi­rates Old Traf­ford.

“He’s play­ing good cricket and still has am­bi­tions to be in all the Eng­land white-ball sides. But that’s one of the un­for­tu­nate con­se­quences of hav­ing a lot of strength in depth,” Smith said. Fel­low lef­t­armer Sam Cur­ran re­places Wil­ley in both squads.

Smith said that Eng­land would pick their strong­est team in both se­ries against Aus­tralia.

The T20 se­ries – which be­gins at the Ageas Bowl on Fri­day – has been iden­ti­fied as cru­cial in the build-up to the World Cup, while the ODI se­ries is part of the ODI Su­per League, which will de­ter­mine qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the 2023 World Cup.

“We still want to field our strong­est XI in these games,” Smith said. “It’s a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to fin­ish the sum­mer on a strong note.”

Af­ter a dif­fi­cult Test sum­mer, Archer will play his first lim­ite­dovers game for Eng­land since bowl­ing the su­per over in the World Cup fi­nal against New Zealand in July last year. “It gives an­other di­men­sion to the team,” Smith said.

Roy will not be fit for the T20 se­ries but will re­main in the biose­cure bub­ble, with Eng­land hope­ful that he will be able to ap­pear in the ODI se­ries.

Tom Ban­ton will get a fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to deputise for Roy at the top of the or­der, while Moeen Ali re­tains his place in both squads.

Ben Stokes was not con­sid­ered af­ter be­ing granted com­pas­sion­ate leave to visit his fa­ther in New Zealand.

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