England T20 World Cup squad 2021: English cricket team for tournament - Tymal Mills and Tom Curran in
Tom Curran replaces injured brother Sam and Tymal Mills gets call up to England squad for ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE and Oman
England have replaced the injured Sam Curran with brother Tom for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Sam Curran sustained a lower back injury after playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings, with scans confirming the issue.
He has been replaced by brother Tom Curran, who was previously on the reserve list, with Reece Topley now one of three players on stand-by for the main squad.
England are without Ben Stokes for the tournament, as he prioritises his mental health and recovery from a finger injury, but there is hope a return to cricket isn’t far away for the star all rounder.
Stokes was the inspiration behind England’s 50-over World Cup win in 2019, dragging his side back from the brink in the Lord’s final against New Zealand, but they will now need to look elsewhere for heroics as they seek to unify the limited-overs trophies.
England begin their 2021 T20 World Cup campaign against West Indies on 23 October.
Who is in the England T20 squad?
Sussex quick Tymal Mills has been included despite earning the last of his England caps in February 2017.
The left-armer had been name-checked by captain Eoin Morgan as a potential bolter earlier in the season and excelled as a death bowler for Southern Brave in the inaugural edition of The Hundred.
The 29-year-old effectively takes up a vacancy created by Jofra Archer’s injury enforced omission, while there is good news for another southpaw seamer, David Willey.
Willey was axed from England’s triumphant World Cup squad two years ago, making way at the eleventh hour for the newly qualified Archer. Two years on he can finally banish some of the disappointment.
England T20 World Cup squad: Eoin Morgan (C), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Reserves: Liam Dawson, Reece Topley James Vince.
How many spinners are England taking?
Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are the only two specialist slow bowlers in the squad, despite the UAE pitches being known as spin-friendly.
England’s de facto third spinner at the tournament will be Liam Livingstone, who can bowl both off-spin and leg-breaks but whose primary role is that of destructive middle-order batsman.
Liam Dawson is on the stand-by list. He has edged out Lancashire leg-spinner Matt Parkinson as the back-up spin option.
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