David Willey returns to England one-day squad for Ireland series
Three-match series will also count towards World Cup qualification
David Willey has returned to England’s one-day squad for the first time since missing out on a World Cup place for the three-game ODI series with Ireland. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Fourteen players have been named to take on Ireland in a three-match series behind closed doors at the the Ageas Bowl in Southampton between July 30th and August 4th, England’s first ODIs at home since they became world champions at Lord’s last summer.
Willey missed out on that experience despite 46 appearances in the four-year cycle between tournaments – sacrificed in favour of the newly available Jofra Archer, who went on to play such a key role during the competition.
That looked like it might be the end of the Yorkshire all-rounder’s international career, but he now has the chance to revive it with the nature of the current fixture schedule forcing the selectors to pick entirely separate red and white-ball sides.
That has also opened the door for Topley, who earned the last of his 10 caps in February 2016 and has since endured horrendous injury problems including multiple stress fractures.
Somerset’s explosive batsman Tom Banton has an opportunity to make his case in an otherwise experienced top order line-up which is led by by Dubliner Eoin Morgan and senior men Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali.
There is no place for Sussex prospect Phil Salt despite a 58-ball century for England Lions against Ireland on Sunday. Pace pair Tom Helm and Henry Brookes must also wait for their chance despite impressing with three wickets apiece in that warm-up outing.
Joe Denly, who was dropped from the Test side after the series opener against the West Indies, moves across to the white-ball bubble, as does Saqib Mahmood who had been a reserve seamer in the Test group.
The series against Ireland is the first to count towards the International Cricket Council’s new Cricket World Cup Super League ranking system.
Morgan said: “We’re looking forward to playing cricket again. Given the situation, it will be quite different to the last time we played at home, when we lifted the World Cup at Lord’s, but it’s nice to be starting our journey for the next edition of the tournament.
“I’m sure cricket fans all over the world will be excited to see white-ball cricket resume and we’re looking forward to the challenge.
“Ireland are a talented team who have shown over the years that they can beat the best on their day. We look forward to what promises to be an interesting series.”
ENGLAND (squad to face Ireland): E Morgan (c), M Ali, J Bairstow, T Banton, S Billings, T Curran, L Dawson, J Denly, S Mahmood, A Rashid, J Roy, R Topley, J Vince, D Willey.