England name West Indies tour squad
London, England – Worcestershire’s Moeen Ali and Lancashire’s Stephen Parry are the two surprise inclusions in the England squad to tour the West Indies and then go to the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Ali and Parry are the only uncapped players in the World Twenty20 squad while Nottinghamshire’s left-arm pace man Harry Gurney is selected for his first senior England squad for the matches in the Caribbean.
The national selector James Whitaker said:” We would like to congratulate Moeen Ali and Stephen Parry on their selection for the tour to the Caribbean and then to represent England in the ICC World Twenty20. It is an exciting opportunity for Moeen and Stephen and all the England players.
“Both Moeen and Stephen have been very consistent performers for Worcestershire and Lancashire and both counties and their coaching staffs, must take credit for their continued progress.
“Harry Gurney, under the guidance of the excellent coaches at Trent Bridge, has performed well for Nottinghamshire in limited overs cricket – showing good control with the white ball and, as a left arm quick, brings some variety to the tour party.
“England have won the ICC World Twenty20 before – in 2010 in the Caribbean – and this group has an exciting mix of youth and Twenty20 experience and I am sure with good preparation, desire and determination they will be able to produce an exciting brand of cricket.”
Stuart Broad will captain the squad in both the one-day internationals in the Caribbean – in the absence of the rested Alastair Cook – as well as the Twenty20 games to follow. Eoin Morgan will be vice-captain for both tours.
Whitaker paid tribute to the value that Morgan brings to the squad, and said: “Eoin has recognized leadership qualities and he has successfully led England sides in the past. This status of vice-captain is a reward for him. We believe that he and Stuart will form an excellent leadership team.”
Tour party for the Caribbean
S Broad (Nottinghamshire – captain)
E Morgan (Middlesex – vice captain)
M Ali (Worcestershire)
R Bopara (Essex)
T Bresnan (Yorkshire)
J Buttler (Lancashire)
J Dernbach (Surrey)
H Gurney (Nottinghamshire)
A Hales (Nottinghamshire)
C Jordan (Sussex)
M Lumb (Nottinghamshire)
S Parry (Lancashire)
J Root (Yorkshire)
B Stokes (Durham)
J Tredwell (Kent)
L Wright (Sussex)
England v Vice Chancellor’s XI: 25 February, Antigua
Three-match ODI series v West Indies, Antigua: 28 February; 2 & 5 March
Three-match Twenty20 series v West Indies, Barbados: 9, 11 & 13 March