Chairman of selector believes England are making tremendous progress under Eoin Morgan    Getty Images
Chairman of selector believes England are making tremendous progress under Eoin Morgan Getty Images

England have announced their 14-man squad for the One-Day International (ODI) series against West Indies, scheduled to get underway from March 3 at Antigua. Alex Hales, who injured his hand at Cuttack has not recovered completely and as a result sees his name omitted from the squad. England are currently in India, playing a T20 International (T20I) series. They lost the One-Day International (ODI) series 2-1, but showed great character and went 1-0 up in the T20I series at Kanpur. Jonny Bairstow was named as Hales replacement for the T20I series. Hales was expected to fly back home and have his hand assessed to see if there was a need for a surgery.

England chairman of selectors James Whitaker feels that England s limited-overs side are making great progress under Eoin Morgan. “There is a huge emphasis on white-ball cricket during the first half of 2017, as we continue our preparation ahead of this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy tournament in England. We felt it was important to keep faith with the squad that competed during the recent tour of India. The current group of players are making excellent progress under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan and head coach Trevor Bayliss and the tour of the Caribbean will enable the team to test themselves in different conditions against a competitive side in the West Indies,” according to ecb.co.uk.

England will arrive at St Kitts and Nevis on February 22. They will play a couple of warm-up matches on February 25 and February 27. The first two ODIs will be played at Antigua on March 3 and March 5 respectively. The third and final match of the series will be played at Barbados on March 9.

England squad for 3-match ODI series against West Indies: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wk), Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes