The cricket selectors of England have appointed a 16-member test squad and a 15-person one-day squad for the Tour of the Antilles in 2019.
From January, the Windies will be played in three friendly matches, five one-match internationals (ODI) and three Twenty20 (T20) games against England in the Caribbean Tournament.
The test team of Joe Root is unchanged compared to the team that defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the last series. Joe Denly retains his place because Ollie Pope is left out.
England’s one-day squad, equipped with skipper Eoin Morgan, looks at Tom Curran and David Willey, but Sam Curran, Liam Dawson and Olly Stone are missing. The English and Wales Cricket Board say the T20 squad will be announced “in due course”.
Stokes and Hales included
Following the hearing of the Cricket Disciplinary Commission in the fight against a nightclub in Bristol last year, Ben Stokes and Alex Hales were able to take part in the tour. Stokes is included in both teams, while Hales was named in the ODI team.
The ECB announced in December that Ashley Giles was appointed the new CEO of England Cricket.
Giles played 54 friendly matches for England and was a national player from 2008 to 2014. He replaces Andrew Strauss, who resigned last October.
“I’m delighted to join the ECB and shape the future of English cricket throughout the men’s game,” said Giles, 45. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity and collaboration with talented people.”
Meanwhile, the BBC reports that the West Indies have named Richard Pybus as interim coach. The 54-year-old will be responsible for the series against England and the Cricket World Cup 2019.
“We have a great home game against England, which is coming soon,” he said. “England are a high quality team that will be an excellent test for the team under our domestic conditions.”