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England announce ODI and T20I squads for South Africa tour

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England have announced their T20I and ODI squads for their upcoming white-ball tour of South Africa. Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Sam Curran have opted out of the one-day international leg of the tour but they will be part of the squad for the three-match Twenty20 series, set to get underway later this month, preceding the three-match ODI series.

As has been the norm since cricket got back underway after the global pandemic, the players will be confined to bio-secure bubbles during the tour. Archer, Stokes and Curran have already been in a bubble during their participation in the Indian T20 League 2020 tournament being held in the United Arab Emirates. Speaking about living life in an extended bubble, Archer said last week while speaking to British media, as per Reuters, "You're not at the ground but you still can't get away from cricket. It's OK and it will be over soon anyway. You're just counting days down till you're free again."

England's matches in South Africa will be held at Boland Park in Paarl and Newlands, in Cape Town while Newlands will stage both the opening T20 on November 20 and the first ODI on December 4.

England Twenty20 squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire/wkt), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Reece Topley (Surrey), Mark Wood (Durham)

England ODI squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire/wkt), Tom Curran (Surrey), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

Reserves (across both T20I and ODI squads): Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Tom Helm (Middlesex)

England itinerary

November 27: South Africa v England, 1st T20, Newlands, Cape Town
November 29: South Africa v England, 2nd T20, Boland Park, Paarl
December 1: South Africa v England, 3rd T20, Newlands, Cape Town
December 4: South Africa v England, 1st ODI, Newlands, Cape Town
December 6: South Africa v England, 2nd ODI, Boland Park, Paarl
December 9: South Africa v England, 3rd ODI, Newlands, Cape Town

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Glyn Kirk

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