England have named a 24-strong training group from which the squad for their upcoming three-match ODI series against Ireland will be named, with nine players uncapped in ODIs among them.
While several stalwarts of England’s 2019 World Cup win are set to feature, including Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow after the pair were left out of England’s Test squad for the series against West Indies, that red-ball engagement means they may be pressed into utilising more fringe players than they would usually.
The first ODI begins on Thursday, July 30, with the third Test due to end only two days prior, and with the two warm-up games, on July 21 and 24, taking place during the Test series, there is unlikely to be any crossover between the two squads named.
That means the nine players in the training squad who are uncapped in ODIs will be hopeful of playing a first 50-over game in England colours. Here’s a look at who they are and what they do.
Henry Brookes (Warwickshire)
Right-arm quick Brookes burst onto the scene in 2018, taking 21 Championship wickets in just five matches before a stress fracture halted his rise. He found life in Division One tougher last year, with his 32 wickets coming at an average of 42.18, but he did feature on last winter’s Lions’ tour of Australia, taking three wickets in two one-day games.
Brydon Carse (Durham)
Born in South Africa, the Durham fast bowler made his first-class debut in 2016 but only really delivered on his promise in 2019, taking 52 wickets for his county side. In the Lions’ MCG win, he took 3-50 in Australia A’s first innings.
Laurie Evans (Sussex)
A county stalwart, Evans has become a T20 globetrotter in recent times having played in the APL, PSL, BPL and CPL. The batsman was part of the limited-overs leg of the Lions’ tour of Australia and hit 94 against a Cricket Australia XI in the first one-day match of the trip.
Richard Gleeson (Lancashire)
Gleeson has been a strong performer with the ball across all three formats since making his first-class debut at the age of 27 back in 2015 for Northants. His assignments last winter included a spell with Melbourne Renegades in the BBL and time with the Lions that was cut short by a shoulder injury.
Sam Hain (Warwickshire)
Hain has long been a batsman of immense potential, illustrated by a record-breaking List A average of 59.78. In 2019, he found success against the red-ball too, averaging 53.76 in first-class cricket after breaking a three-year century drought in the Championship.
Tom Helm (Middlesex)
Injuries have constantly disrupted the tall right-arm seamer’s progression, although he has been seen on a number of occasions with England Lions. He racked up solid numbers for Middlesex in 2019, delivering 24 wickets in first-class cricket at 25, 19 List A wickets at 28.78 and 15 T20 wickets at 29.60.
Lewis Gregory (Somerset)
The Taunton-based all-rounder has played for England in T20Is, making his bow in New Zealand at the end of 2019, and featured in the Test squad for last summer’s one-off Test against Ireland. The right-hander is something of a curio, in that in the short stuff it’s his batting that stands out, with a T20 strike-rate of 146.17, but in first-class cricket his bowling comes to the fore, where he has taken 264 wickets at 25.68. In the 2019 One-Day Cup, he played an important part in securing Somerset’s first trophy in 14 years.
Phil Salt (Sussex)
Salt received his maiden England call-up last year for a T20I against Pakistan and has developed a strong reputation as a reliable white-ball hitter at the top of the order. He struck 361 runs in 15 innings at a brisk rate of 164.09 for Adelaide Strikers in the BBL over the winter.
Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)
Like Gregory, Livingstone is another to have featured in T20Is but not in any other formats. That initial taste of international cricket didn’t go to plan, with the right-hander scoring 16 off 19 balls across both his innings so far. However, for Lancs he has proven himself a consistent, often explosive operator, with a first-class average over 40 and a T20 strike-rate above 140. He first came to prominence in 2015, when he scored 350 in a 50-over game for club side Nantwich CC.