Jake Ball will remain with England for the three-match Vitality IT20 series against Pakistan after being named in a 16-player squad.

The 30-year-old pace bowler is the Notts Outlaws’ leading wicket-taker in the Vitality Blast this summer, with 18 scalps at an average of 15.44.

That comes after his 19 wickets in 2020 led the Green and Golds to their second domestic T20 triumph last summer.

The Welbeck Wizard could turn out on his home turf with the series beginning on Friday 16 July at Trent Bridge.

Eoin Morgan will return to captain the side having been one of nine players included in the squad after completing the required period of self-isolation following the Royal London Series against Sri Lanka.

Each of the players and support staff have returned negative Covid-19 tests to clear them for the series.

Paul Collingwood will oversee the team as Head Coach with Chris Silverwood taking a break.

“The Royal London Series success against Pakistan showcased the exciting depth of talent we have developed in men’s white-ball cricket,” said Silverwood.

“We have selected a T20 squad that sees the return of many of our most experienced players after their period of isolation.

“Additionally, we have rewarded some of the players involved in the 50-over series win with selection, which allows us to manage multi-format players as we prepare for the much-anticipated Test series against India.

“I would like to express my thanks to Ben Stokes and the players for their efforts over the last week, and the counties for their support in getting this series on.”

The three-match series begins at Trent Bridge on Friday 16 July.


England Men’s IT20 Squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex - captain)

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)

Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)

Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)

Tom Banton (Somerset)

Jos Buttler (Lancashire)

Tom Curran (Surrey)

Lewis Gregory (Somerset)

Chris Jordan (Sussex)

Liam Livingstone (Lancashire)

Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire)

Dawid Malan (Yorkshire)

Matt Parkinson (Lancashire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Jason Roy (Surrey)

David Willey (Yorkshire)


The Vitality IT20 Series

1st T20: England v Pakistan, Friday 16 July 2021, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (18:30 BST)

2nd T20: England v Pakistan, Sunday 18 July 2021, Emerald Headingley, Leeds (14:30 BST)

3rd T20: England v Pakistan, Tuesday 20 July 2021, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester (18:30 BST)