James Taylor to captain England against Ireland
Somerset’s Lewis Gregory called into a youthful squad for one day game at Malahide
James Taylor will captain England in their one day game against Ireland at Malahide on May 8th. Photograph: PA
Lewis Gregory of Somerset has been called into an 11-man England squad for next week’s one-off international against Ireland in Dublin.
The 22-year-old Gregory is a right-handed batsman and seam bowler who made his debut in 2010 against the touring Pakistanis.
James Taylor will lead the side in the absence of the regular one-day captain Eoin Morgan, having spent much of the past four years operating as such for the England Lions, as well as last season’s limited-overs cricket at Nottinghamshire.
Morgan has been granted release from early-season county duties to play in the Indian Premier League for Sunrisers Hyderabad, along with his fellow World Cup squad member Ravi Bopara.
Taylor captains a squad that includes five players yet to be capped for England in any format. Tim Bresnan, who last played in an ODI in March 2014, will be hoping to add to the 84 ODI caps he has already been awarded for England.
“To be given the opportunity to lead your country is a huge honour,” Taylor said. “There are still some very experienced and talented cricketers in that team who I’d have been delighted to have as my captain, so it is a privilege and one I’m going to relish.
“It’s going to be brilliant leading an England team in a one-day international. We know it will be a tough game against Ireland and this match provides a great chance for us all to show we can play a huge role in limited overs cricket in years to come.”
Surrey’s Jason Roy likely to partner Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales at the top of the order while Hampshire’s limited-overs captain, James Vince, and Kent’s aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman, Sam Billings, are also selected.
The England and Wales Cricket Board said: “A number of players will be added to the England squad following selection for the third Test against West Indies beginning on Friday 1 May.
J Taylor (capt, Nottinghamshire), Z Ansari (Surrey), J Bairstow (wkt, Yorkshire), S Billings (Kent), T Bresnan (Yorkshire), S Finn (Middlesex), L Gregory (Somerset), A Hales (Nottinghamshire), J Roy (Surrey), J Vince (Hampshire), D Willey (Northamptonshire).