Five uncapped players in England T20 squad
Sam Billings, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey and Mark Wood are the uncapped players England have picked for the only T20 international against New Zealand at Old Trafford on June 23. The 13-man squad did not include Stuart Broad, who was removed as T20 captain after Andrew Strauss took over as England's director of cricket.
Only Topley and Vince are not involved in the current ODI series against New Zealand. "This match against New Zealand allows us another opportunity to look at players relatively new to international cricket as we look to build a squad for the World T20 in India this winter," national selector James Whitaker said. "The squad is made up of players who have demonstrated their ability in domestic cricket and fully deserve a chance to continue their progress against a very good New Zealand side.
"We have already seen our limited-overs cricket begin to move in the right direction which is exciting but we are all aware that we have plenty more to do if we are going to challenge the very best sides in the world on a regular basis."
It has been a good few weeks for putative England left-arm quicks. David Willey was called up for the ODI squad against New Zealand, Mark Footitt for the pre-Ashes camp and now Reece Topley, barely back from another injury, for T20. England are anxious for a solution to a long-standing weakness.
He told BBC Essex: "It's probably the biggest jump I've ever had in the standard of cricket, but I feel like I can contribute at that level. "I'm very excited about seeing how I do and it's a good time to assess where I am and what I need to improve on."
Squad Eoin Morgan (capt), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood