Taylor to lead new-look England

James Taylor will lead the team in Dublin in just his 18th ODI. — AFP/File

LONDON: England will send out an inexperienced one-day side to take on Ireland next month with five uncapped players named on Tuesday in a squad led by new captain James Taylor.

The bold move is down to the fact that the Test team arrive back from duty in the West Indies just one day before the May 8 fixture.

Taylor will lead the team in Dublin in just his 18th ODI, while Zafar Ansari, Sam Billings, James Vince, Lewis Gregory and David Willey are all in with a chance of making their senior debuts.

“To be given the opportunity to lead your country is a huge honour,” said Taylor.

“There are still some very experienced and talented cricketers in that team who I’d have been delighted to have as my captain, so it is a privilege and one I’m going to relish.

“It’s going to be brilliant, leading an England team in a one-day international. We know it will be a tough game against Ireland and this match provides a great chance for us all to show we can play a huge role in limited-overs cricket in years to come.”


James Taylor (captain), Zafar Ansari, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn, Lewis Gregory, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey.

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