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Sam Billings in England ODI and T20 squad to play Pakistan in UAE

Tuesday 15th September 2015

Men’s First Team

Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings is included in England's 16-man Test squad and 15-man ODI and T20 squads to face Pakistan in the UAE this autumn.

The 24-year-old played five Royal London one-day internationals and two NatWest IT20s this summer as a specialist batsman.

He is included in the limited-overs squad after scoring almost 500 runs in domestic limited-overs cricket this summer including a matchwinning 118* against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

National Selector James Whitaker said: “We would like to congratulate Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan, Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace on the excellent results they have achieved this summer across all three different formats.

"We are particularly pleased with the way in which a host of new, young players have swiftly adapted to international cricket and made their mark on the England team in such style.

“The challenge we face against Pakistan will be very different and the composition of our squads reflects the conditions we expect to encounter in the UAE."

ECB also announced today that the former England One-Day captain Paul Collingwood and the former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene will both join the England management team in consultancy roles at different stages of the winter.

Collingwood, who led England to World T20 success in the Caribbean in 2010 and more recently coached Scotland in the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup, will work with England’s limited overs squads in the UAE and during next year’s World T20 tournament.

Jayawardene, who retired from international cricket earlier this year after an 18-year career which saw him play 149 Test Matches and 449 One-Day Internationals, will act as a batting consultant to the Test squad for the first part of England’s tour to UAE, taking in the warm-up period and the 1st Test Match against Pakistan.

Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss said: “We are delighted that Mahela and Paul will be joining the England management team, supporting our existing specialist coaches in this area.

"Both will bring a vast wealth of cricketing knowledge and expertise to the team, and in Mahela’s case, extensive experience of batting in the sub-continent which will be invaluable as part of our wider preparations for the UAE tour.”

Test squad:Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Zafar Ansari (Surrey), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Liam Plunkett (Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

One-Day International squad:Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) captain, Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), Reece Topley (Essex), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham).

T20 Squad:Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Reece Topley (Essex), James Vince (Hampshire), David Willey (Northamptonshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)

Pakistan v England in UAE 2015 – tour itinerary:

30 September England team arrive

5-6 October Two-day game vs Pakistan A Sharjah CC

8-9 October Two-day game vs Pakistan A Sharjah CC

13-17 October 1st Test ZCS, Abu Dhabi

22-26 October2nd Test Dubai Cricket Stadium

1-5 November 3rd Test Sharjah CC

8 November One-day practice match ZCS, Abu Dhabi

11 November 1st ODI D/N ZCS, Abu Dhabi

13 November 2nd ODI D/N ZCS, Abu Dhabi

17 November 3rd ODI D/N Sharjah CC

20 November 4th ODI D/N Dubai Cricket Stadium

23 November T20 v UAE XI (f) ZCS, Abu Dhabi

26 November 1st IT20 (f) Dubai Cricket Stadium

27 November 2nd IT20 (f) Dubai Cricket Stadium

30 November 3rd IT20 (f) Sharjah CC

1 December England depart UAE