England stalwarts set to be rested for Kiwis’ T20I series
England cricket team has been playing some non-stop cricket this summer. The players have been involved in regular cricket since the end of May. They quickly jumped into the Ashes just after a couple of weeks from the day they lifted their maiden World Cup trophy.
So after such a long and hectic, summer English Cricket Board looks set to give rest to their big players during New Zealand Tour.
Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Jos Buttler are amongst the cricketers that are expected to be given the much-needed rest for the Twenty20 series against New Zealand. The tour of New Zealand will get started with the two T20 warm-up matches starting on October 27 while the first T20I will be played on November 1 in Christchurch. England will also play a couple of Tests in Mount Maunganui and Hamilton respectively.
Meanwhile, there are multiple reports that England Test captain Joe Root is determined to make a comeback in the T20 squad considering the upcoming shorter format World Cup in his mind which is going to be scheduled in Australia.
Although the board will look to experiment some fresh players like Somerset’s powerful wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Banton and Lancashire fast bowler Saqib Mahmood according to the reports in Evening Standard.
Banton did incredibly well, opening the batting with Babar Azam in the T20 Blast event. Eoin Morgan’s mindset over captaining the England cricket team in the upcoming T20 World Cup is still not confirmed yet but the ECB is still hoping that their ODI World Cup-winning skipper has lots of cricket left in him and believes that he can lead their team in the T20 World Cup which is just 13 months away from the blistering pace.
It should be learnt that Eoin Morgan is yet to sign a new contract with Middlesex in the domestic arena. England are calm about the prospect of players missing the New Zealand T20Is, as next year’s late start to the home summer would permit their best cricketers to be able to participate in the full season of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL).