England unchanged for Windies ODIs

January 28, 2017
England's Ben Stokes is consoled by his captain Eion Morgan following their loss to the West Indies in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 cricket tournament at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, India, Sunday, April 3, 2016.


England selectors have named an unchanged 14-man squad for the three-match One-Day International series against West Indies in March.

The side, which will again be led by Eoin Morgan, recently lost 2-1 to India in a similar three-match series on the subcontinent.

National selector, James Whitaker, said it was important to keep the core group of players together in the build-up the ICC Champions Trophy later this year.

"There is a huge emphasis on white-ball cricket during the first half of 2017, as we continue our preparation ahead of this summer's ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England," Whitaker said.


Excellent progress


"We felt it was important to keep faith with the squad that competed during the recent tour of India.

"The current group of players are making excellent progress under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan and head coach Trevor Bayliss and the tour of the Caribbean will enable the team to test themselves in different conditions against a competitive side in the West Indies."

England will face West Indies in the first two ODIs in Antigua on March 3 and 5, before travelling to Barbados for the third game on March 9.

The tourists play two warm-up games in St Kitts before the start of the series.

SQUAD: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Liam Dawson, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes.

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