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England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow has replaced injured Alex Hales in the squad for the three-T20I series to be played against India from January 26. Hales fractured his right hand while attempting a catch during the second ODI in Cuttack on Thursday, ruling himself out of the third ODI as well as the T20s. His replacement, Bairstow, was already part of the ODI squad, and will now remain in India till end of tour. England team announced the inclusion of Bairstow in the T20 squad on its Twitter handle. While Bairstow is yet to feature in the ODI series, he kept wickets for all five Test matches that preceded the limited overs.

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England lost the Test series 0-4, followed by defeats in the first two ODIs. As a matter of fact, England have not won a match so far, and will look to end the ODI series on a winning note. For that matter, Sam Billing is likely to replace Hales. However, it will be interesting to see whether England change their batting order. Joe Root, who has scored a half-century in every match this series, is likely to open with Jason Roy. Both batsmen, nonetheless, have been in a blistering form this limited-over series, providing a solid foundation for the middle-order.

As a result, Billings will have to bat at No. 3 and emulate Root s original role.

(With inputs from PTI)