Will Jacks has been called up to the new look England squad for the upcoming white ball series with Pakistan.
Jacks will have to immediately withdraw from Surrey’s ongoing game with Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl and will be replaced in that match by Ben Geddes. It also means he will now be unavailable for this Friday’s Vitality Blast game with Kent at The Kia Oval and the LV= Insurance County Championship match with Somerset at The Kia Oval that starts this Sunday (July 11th).
The announcement comes after the news that three members of the initial playing group and four members of the management staff had tested positive for COVID-19, and consequently the entire squad initially selected was required to isolate.
In total, there are nine uncapped players in the squad.
Ben Stokes (Durham, captain)
Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
Danny Briggs (Warwickshire)
Brydon Carse (Durham)
Zak Crawley (Kent)
Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire)
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
Tom Helm (Middlesex)
Will Jacks (Surrey)
Dan Lawrence (Essex)
Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)
Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)
Craig Overton (Somerset)
Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)
David Payne (Gloucestershire)
Phil Salt (Sussex)
John Simpson (Middlesex)
James Vince (Hampshire)
Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, said: “It’s a great opportunity to play on the biggest stage, and for most of the players selected it’s not necessarily something they would have been expecting 24 hours ago.
“It’s an exciting group of players, with some young talent and some players who have impressed at domestic level over a long period of time.
“We’re in unprecedented territory, in terms of replacing an entire squad and management team, and I’m very proud of how everyone has come together in order to get it done – both those within the ECB and from the county game.
“Ben hasn’t captained our ODI side before so it’s a huge honour for him. We all wish him well and it’s a role I’m sure he’ll thrive in.
“I’d like to also put on record the thanks of the ECB to the PCB for their support and understanding during this time.”
England ODI Series
Thursday July 8th – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Saturday July 10th – Lord’s, London
Tuesday July 13th – Edgbaston, Birmingham