Clockwise from left: David Payne, Brydon Carse and Phil Salt have been selected by England

England’s entire one-day squad has been forced into isolation by a Covid-19 outbreak ahead of their upcoming series against Pakistan. The returning Ben Stokes has been named captain of a brand new group featuring nine uncapped players – and Telegraph Sport has run the rule over the 18 players who have been selected.

Ben Stokes

Has captained England in one Test, last summer against West Indies, but not in an ODI before. Has been called up from Durham’s game against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, where he has been making his red-ball comeback after breaking his left finger in the IPL. 

Took three wickets on Monday to prove his match fitness, ahead of his surprise appointment. Such an immensely capable cricketer that Eoin Morgan’s absence should not be too badly felt.

Jake Ball

Nottinghamshire have so many quality seamers that he has not been playing in their current game, but there is a recall for him, though not another Notts player in Alex Hales, who appears to have blotted his copybook irretrievably. Ball has played 18 ODIs and is highly skilled at moving the new and old ball, without having fulfilled his talent at the age of 30.

Danny Briggs

Played seven T20 internationals and one ODI when he bowled little more than left-arm darts. Since moving from Sussex to Warwickshire for this season, and being assured of a place in their first XI for all formats, he has blossomed into a capable all-rounder, if still on the defensive side as a spinner. Pakistan will target him.

Brydon Carse

Son of the old South African and Northamptonshire tearaway James Carse, he has grown at the Riverside among Durham’s crop of fast bowlers. Was picked as third seamer for England’s A Test against Australia at Melbourne and did a good support job, although his only wicket for Durham on Monday was Warwickshire’s Pieter Malan adjudged caught down the legside at Edgbaston.

Zak Crawley

Not knowing quite how to play in the two-Test series against New Zealand, he has been liberated a little by opening the batting for Kent in the T20 Blast with licence to play his high-class shots. But for this Covid outbreak, an England white-ball call-up might not have come soon, but his strokeplay is such that it would surely have come later in ODIs.

Ben Duckett

The pocket battleship of a left-hander was last seen by England supporters five years ago in India trying not to play his shots against their Test spinners. Since then he has moved from Northamptonshire to Nottinghamshire to become a more consistent 26-year-old, and still power-packed. Pakistan cannot assume the ODI series will be a walkover if Duckett gets going.

Ben Duckett's form has been more consistent since his move to Nottinghamshire

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Lewis Gregory

Has been an easy-going replacement for Stokes in eight T20 internationals but otherwise content to be Somerset’s multi-purpose all-rounder, happy to take the new ball or old and bat anywhere in the order. In this young and rapidly assembled England squad, he might come good as a hitter at the death.

Tom Helm

Has long been regarded as one of England’s more promising young seamers and, at 27, he may now have the opportunity to prove it – and that he has not been well spoken of simply because he plays for Middlesex at Lord’s. Has never strung many games together because of the usual pace bowler’s diet of stress fractures, but moves the ball around when he does bowl.

Will Jacks

As a tall and powerful hitter, using pretty orthodox shots, and a Joe Root-like bowler of off-breaks at the start of a T20 innings, he was always going to get an England white-ball gig, Covid crisis or not. Now 22, he is launching Surrey’s T20 innings with some amazing drives, using his height to stand tall and launch the length ball into the Oval stands. 

Dan Lawrence

One of the more experienced players in this England squad, having played seven Tests. His first ODI call-up makes a nice birthday present before next week when he turns 24. Has all the shots – possibly too many for Tests – but has not always made Essex’s white-ball squads until this season, when he has been chipping in as an off-spinner. Chance to show his fielding is up to international scratch.

Saqib Mahmood

Always been more promising than his figures suggest, he delivered earlier this season in the championship Roses match when bowling Lancashire to victory on the final day. Has played four ODIs and six T20 internationals so far, the highlight always being his bowling at the death when he is one of England’s finest exponents of reverse-swing.

Saqib Mahmood has demonstrated his ability to reverse-swing the ball


Dawid Malan

Has played 15 Tests and 26 T20 internationals, but only three times for England in what he has always considered his strongest format, the 50-over game, when he can drive powerfully without having to do anything silly. This is a big chance for him to come good, aged 33, in his favourite format – and another step towards England’s Ashes squad.

Craig Overton

At long last a chance for England supporters to see Overton Mark 2. Mark 1 was a rather lumbering fourth seamer who was fortunate to win a Test cap. The souped-up version is barely recognisable: smooth, accelerating run-up, pace touching 90mph, and he no longer switches the ball from left hand to right before delivery, which used to slow him down. Top hitter too.

Matt Parkinson

England’s selectors have always worried that Lancashire’s leg-spinner would be too nervous if thrown in the deep end to replace Adil Rashid – Parkinson’s two ODIs have not been successes – and they are about to find out. He might be spared the first game at Cardiff though because of the very short straight boundaries.

David Payne

Perhaps the most surprising call-up. Gloucestershire’s tall left-arm swing bowler was captaining his county at Cheltenham when the call came. Has been doing the same steady job for years, unnoticed, until now. England are suddenly keen on left-arm swing bowlers, so Payne replaces David Willey, Sam Curran and George Garton.

Phil Salt

One of the new generation of English batsmen who has grown up by playing in franchises around the world as much as in county cricket. He has represented Adelaide Strikers, Barbados Tridents and Islamabad United in addition to Sussex, and in the process become a brilliant top-order hitter by the age of 24.

John Simpson

From Lancashire originally, and about to turn 33, Middlesex’s wicketkeeper must have thought his England chance would never come but this is a reward for his persistent excellence in all formats. On Monday he was taking five catches for Middlesex at the Cheltenham Festival. He will not have far to travel to Cardiff but he has done many hard miles to reach this far at last.

James Vince

Only an emergency perhaps could have led to an England recall, as the powers-that-be might just have become fed up with the way that Vince eases to 20 in any format, then plays a stroke too many and gives his wicket away. It will be some break for this handsome strokemaker if he does at last cash in and come good.