Morgan to shuffle T20 pack

17 July 2021 22:46:20 GMTPlus10

Eoin Morgan says England's rotation policy will continue in the Twenty20 series against Pakistan as they continue to test their strength in depth.

A second-string England side thrashed the tourists 3-0 in the ODI series and Morgan's more experienced T20 squad are 1.53 to beat the tourists in Friday's first 20-over game at Trent Bridge, with the skipper 5.50 to be top runscorer for his side.

We need to look a little bit more into strength in depth.

Eoin Morgan

Somerset all-rounder Lewis Gregory and Lancashire fast bowler Saqib Mahmood have been included in the T20 squad after impressing in the one-day series.

But England also have stars such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Adil Rashid available again as they build up to October's Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman.

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Pakistan won April's T20 series in South Africa 3-1 but they will need to improve on their ODI showing against England. After the opening game in Nottingham, the series continues at Headingley on Sunday and finishes at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Ben Stokes has been rested after captaining the one-day team in Morgan's absence and star paceman Jofra Archer is still recovering from injury.

Asked about England's selection approach in the T20s, Morgan told ESPNcricinfo: "We need to look a little bit more into strength in depth. The priority throughout the series will be to give guys opportunities and treating it as though it is our last chance to look at guys in various positions.

"Sitting back and watching the way the guys played (in the ODI series) was hugely satisfying. They played an exciting brand of cricket, they really enjoyed themselves and the result came with that. It was all-round hugely beneficial."

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