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Kent Cricket captain Sam Billings selected in England T20 squad for five-match series against the West Indies


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Sam Billings has been named in the England squad for the T20 tour to West Indies next month.

The Kent skipper, 30, is part of a 16-man squad which will play five games in Barbados from January 22 until January 30.

Kent captain Sam Billings has been named in England's squad for the T20 tour of West Indies. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Kent captain Sam Billings has been named in England's squad for the T20 tour of West Indies. Picture: Barry Goodwin

Paul Collingwood will stand in as head coach, with Chris Silverwood taking a break after this winter's Ashes series, while Marcus Trescothick will join the squad as an assistant coach.

The squad includes 11 players, including Pembury-born Billings, who travelled to the United Arab Emirates for the T20 World Cup last month and managed to reach the semi-finals before they lost to New Zealand.

Billings is currently in Australia, playing for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.

Collingwood said: “We have selected a strong squad with some serious batting power and a balanced attack as we begin preparations ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia.

“The World Cup is less than a year away and there will be increased opportunities for the squad in the absence of those players who are with the Ashes squad.

“I have good memories (of) winning a World Cup in Barbados, and I’m really looking forward to going back there with this squad to face a very good West Indies who will test all aspects of our skills."

Left-armers George Garton and David Payne are the two uncapped players included in England's much-changed squad.

England's T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), Liam Dawson (Hampshire), George Garton (Sussex), Chris Jordan (Surrey), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Tymal Mills (Sussex), David Payne (Gloucestershire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Lancashire), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince (Hampshire).

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