England’s Twenty20 International plans were hit by injuries to call-ups Jason Roy and Tim Bresnan yesterday, within hours of them being named in the squad to face India.
The uncapped Roy was hit on the hand while batting for Surrey against New Zealand A and went to hospital for an x-ray.
That potential setback at The Oval came soon after it emerged Bresnan was playing no part in the Roses match at Old Trafford as Yorkshire take no chances with the seamer’s pectoral injury.
England named Durban-born batsman Roy and the experienced Bresnan in a 14-man squad to be led by Eoin Morgan for a one-off match which will conclude the international summer at Edgbaston this Sunday.
Roy gets the call after a breakthrough domestic season, in which he is the country’s top Twenty20 Blast run-scorer with 677 at an average of 48.35 and strike rate of almost 160.
The 24-year-old is joined in the squad by three other players not currently involved in the Royal London one-day international series.
They are Bresnan, Ravi Bopara, a surprise omission from the ODI squad, and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor.
Morgan is again captain, as he was for England’s Twenty20 against Sri Lanka earlier this summer, in the injury-enforced absence of Stuart Broad — who is set to undergo surgery on his knee this week.
Michael Carberry and Ian Bell, both involved in the defeat against Sri Lanka at The Oval in May, made way for Roy and Taylor.
Taylor has not featured for his country since last September’s ODI win over Ireland in Dublin but has had a fine season for Nottinghamshire, while former dual Ashes winner Bresnan last played in England’s embarrassing ICC World Twenty20 defeat against Holland in Chittagong five months ago.
National selector James Whitaker said: “This one-off International Twenty20 provides us with an opportunity to look at players who have impressed recently in domestic cricket and gives them a chance to test themselves on the international stage against high-quality opposition.”
Taylor’s availability depends on the conclusion next Saturday, without need for a reserve day, of Notts Outlaws’ London Cup semi-final against Durham at Chester-le-Street.