In-form James Vince overlooked by England for T20 series in India

England have once again overlooked Hampshire batsman James Vince for their Twenty20 squad to take on India - but Liam Livingstone has been rewarded for a prolific time at the Big Bash with a call-up.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 11:58 am
James Vince on his way to 95 in the BBL final for the Sydney Sixers. Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images.

England Test skipper Joe Root’s name is also absent despite his irrepressible form since the start of the year, wracking up two double centuries in three Tests and 644 runs in all.

But that has not been enough to win him a recall to the short-format side, with his name - and Vince’s - once again missing from a strong 16-man squad for the five-match series next month.

Livingstone, though, has won a recall after racking up 426 runs in the Australian Big Bash League with Perth Scorchers.

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The Lancashire man has not played for his country since winning two T20 caps against South Africa in 2017.

He also offers a handy spin option, which could prove useful for the matches in Ahmedabad, but was out-scored in Australia by two Englishmen who did not get the call.

Alex Hales was the BBL’s most prolific scorer, making 543 at a strike-rate of 161.60, but continues to be overlooked having failed a drugs test in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup.

Vince, meanwhile, helped Sydney Sixers to the title with 537 runs – including 95 in 60 balls as he claimed player-of-the-match honours in the final.

England have chosen to rest big names such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Jonny Bairstow over the course of their winter Test assignments but, with a T20 World Cup looming later this year, all of those have been selected here.

Jake Ball and Matt Parkinson will travel as reserve players.

England T20 squad: E Morgan (c) M Ali, J Archer, J Bairstow, S Billings, J Buttler (wkt), S Curran, T Curran, C Jordan, L Livingstone, D Malan, A Rashid, J Roy, B Stokes, R Topley, M Wood.