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Jordan, Malan, Denly return to England squad for T20I series against Pakistan
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Jordan, Malan, Denly return to England squad for T20I series against Pakistan

Chris Jordan and Dawid Malan are finally set to feature for England this summer while Joe Denly has also been included in the side's 14-man T20I squad for the three matches against Pakistan.

Jordan and Malan were not able to turn out for England in the recent ODI series against Ireland since both players were nursing injuries.

Malan was suffering a calf niggle he endured whilst training alongside the extended 55-man training group announced by the selectors in May.

On the other hand, Jordan was recovering from an elbow injury that has kept him out of cricket action for several months. His last appearance in a competitive match came during his Pakistan Super League stint with Karachi Kings in February-March.

Denly was dropped from England's Test side midway through the series against West Indies following a string of failures in the top-order. Having been named a part of the squad for the Ireland clashes, the 34-year-old contracted a back spasm right before the series opener.

David Willey, who impressed with a stellar all-round show versus Ireland, has been recalled to the T20 set-up with his last international game in the shortest format coming in May 2019 against Pakistan.

James Vince has missed out on securing a spot in the line-up while Pat Brown, Liam Livingstone and Reece Topley feature in the reserves for the upcoming series scheduled to commence on August 28.

“In this crowded international summer, players who are currently in the Test match bio-secure bubble for the Pakistan Test series are not included in this squad," England's national selector Ed Smith said, commenting on the absence of Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler in the side.

"We want to give multi-format players some opportunity to rest and refresh, while still selecting strong squads for every series. We will announce the squad for the Australia T20 series at a later date.”

A rejig of the coaching staff sees assistant coach Graham Thorpe assume responsibilities at the top as he will be supported by Paul Collingwood in the deputy role. Marcus Trescothick has been roped in the batting consultant capacity while England Young Lions coach Jon Lewis and former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood will supervise the bowling department. James Foster is the designated wicketkeeping coach.

All three matches will take place at Old Trafford without spectators.

T20I squad

Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Joe Denly, Lewis Gregory, Chris Jordan, Saqib Mahmood, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey

Reserves: Pat Brown, Liam Livingstone, Reece Topley