AWelcome to the first coverage of the three-match T20 series between England and India starting tonight at the Aegis Bowl. This is a new era for England’s white ball teams after the retirement of Eoin Morgan. Jos Butler has captained five times before in this format, winning three and losing two, but this is the first match of the long-term spell, which will be held at the T20 World Cup in Australia this October, at next year’s World Cup. India and, if he succeeds and wants to continue, another World T20 scheduled for June 2024 in the Caribbean and the United States.
England’s multi-format players – Johnny Bairstow and Ben Stokes – have been dropped from the series but will play three matches in 50 overs, while England’s best T20 bowler Adil Rashid has been dropped by the England and Wales Cricket Board. Miss the two series to make his Hajj journey to Mecca.
In this absence, there are opportunities for Phil Salt and Harry Brooke to claim Morgan’s batting slot, Matt Parkinson’s offer to compete with Rashid and Richard Gleason have been forced into the squad due to England’s recent left-handed obsession as a right-handed seamer. Arm fast in limited overs game. Gleason, one of the latest developers at the age of 34, may not get his chance at Southampton with Chris Jordan, possibly continuing with three left-handed Mills, Sam Curran and Reese Witherspoon.
Rohit Sharma has recovered from Kovid and will lead India with a team of IPL ‘rock stars’ including Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav and Dinesh Karthik. There are no Test players like that, Rohit had to sit out the fifth Test, there may be no place for Omran Malik in the squad for the match and lightning fast tonight but like Gleason he should also get a chance on the weekend. Saturday at Edgbaston or 24 hours later at Trent Bridge. And speaking of Edgbaston: