Skip to content
GO TO bet365 Sports
  1. Cricket
  2. International Cricket

England's squad for West Indies tour: Jos Buttler hoping for fresh start after World Cup woes

Less than a month after the end of their hugely disappointing Cricket World Cup campaign, England's ODI team will be back in action against the West Indies.

The selectors banked on experience rather than potential for the World Cup, where the 2019 winners failed to make the semi-finals, but December's tour of the Caribbean represents a fresh start.

Captain Jos Buttler and coach Matthew Mott remain at the helm despite England's run of six defeats in their first seven World Cup matches, but a host of younger talents will be hoping to impress against the Windies.

England squad for ODI series v West Indies:

Jos Buttler (captain), Rehan Ahmed, Gus Atkinson, Harry Brook, Brydon Carse, Zak Crawley, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Tom Hartley, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Ollie Pope, Phil Salt, Josh Tongue, John Turner

England squad for T20 series v West Indies:

Jos Buttler (captain), Rehan Ahmed, Moeen Ali, Gus Atkinson, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Ben Duckett, Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Phil Salt, Josh Tongue, Reece Topley, John Turner, Chris Woakes

WhatWest Indies v England ODI & T20 international series
WhereAntigua, Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago
WhenSunday 3rd December to Thursday 21st December
How to watchTNT Sports

Test stalwart Pope bidding to prove white-ball value

Some of England's post-World Cup changes were enforced as David Willey has retired from international cricket and Test captain Ben Stokes is set for surgery on his troublesome knee.

Dawid Malan was the leading runscorer for England at the tournament but the 36-year-old has been omitted from both the ODI and T20 squads for the Caribbean tour as England start a new era of white-ball cricket.

The only members of the World Cup squad included in the ODI group are captain Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Harry Brook, Sam Curran, Gus Atkinson and Brydon Carse, who replaced the injured Reece Topley during the tournament in India.

The success of England's Test team under Stokes and Brendon McCullum is reflected in call-ups for batsmen Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett and Ollie Pope.

Crawley captained the ODI team in September's series against Ireland, when the World Cup players were rested, and his Test opening partner Duckett scored his first century in the format against the Irish in Bristol.

Pope, whose summer Ashes series was cut short by a dislocated shoulder, is an interesting selection. The Surrey batsman has played 38 Test matches since his debut in 2018 but is yet to make a limited-overs appearance for England.

He has never made a List A century although a T20 career strike-rate of 135 shows he poses a threat in white-ball cricket and England may see him as a long-term successor to Joe Root at number three in the ODI team. 

Salt and Jacks could provide fireworks at top of the order

Malan and Jonny Bairstow opened the batting for England at the World Cup but Phil Salt and Will Jacks will be eyeing up those spots in the Caribbean.

Both players are also in the T20 squad and they enjoyed themselves against Ireland in September with Jacks scoring 94 off 88 balls at Trent Bridge and Salt slamming 61 from 28 in Bristol.

The pair shared a rollicking stand of 87 in seven overs at the County Ground and their selection suggests England will not be tempering their aggressive approach with the bat despite the disastrous World Cup campaign.

There will be fierce competition for middle-order places with Yorkshire batsman Brook hoping to establish himself in the ODI side as spectacularly as he has done in Test cricket.

Buttler, Crawley, Duckett, Pope and Livingstone are also jostling for spots in the engine-room and there was no place in the squad for Warwickshire's Sam Hain despite a List A career average of 58 and a classy 89 on his international debut against Ireland. 

While the three-match ODI series and five T20s offer a chance for England to experiment and assess new players, captain Buttler will be desperate to contribute with the bat.

He had a woeful World Cup, scoring only 138 runs in nine innings, but cracked 150 off just 77 balls on his last ODI visit to the Caribbean in 2019.     

Uncapped fast bowlers out to impress in ODIs

Surrey fast bowlers Curran and Atkinson played limited roles at the World Cup but the 25-year-olds should be more prominent in the Caribbean.

Durham's Carse, likened to 2019 World Cup winner Liam Plunkett by his teammate Root, is a solid selection and the uncapped Josh Tongue and John Turner are the other pace bowlers in the ODI squad.

Tongue took 5-66 on his Test debut against Ireland at Lord's in June and picked up five more wickets against Australia in the Ashes clash at HQ.

The 22-year-old Turner, born in Johannesburg, impressed in the Vitality Blast for Hampshire and has been picked in the ODI and T20 squads after Jofra Archer suffered a setback in his recovery from a long-term elbow injury.

Veteran spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali are in the T20 squad to take on the West Indies but Leicestershire's Rehan Ahmed and Lancashire's Tom Hartley are the slow-bowling options for the ODIs, along with all-rounders Jacks and Livingstone.

Leg-spinner Rehan, who made his Test debut at the age of 18 last December, is a thrilling prospect in all formats and he took 4-54 in the Trent Bridge ODI against Ireland.    

Related Articles

bet365 uses cookies

We use cookies to deliver a better and more personalised service. For more information, see our Cookie Policy

New to bet365? Bet £10 & Get £30 in Free Bets Join Now

Min deposit requirement. Free Bets are paid as Bet Credits and are available for use upon settlement of qualifying bets. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.