Friday, May 29th, 2020


Worcestershire CCC duo Moeen Ali and Pat Brown have been included in the group of players who have been asked to return to training, as England Men prepare for the prospect of behind-closed-doors cricket, subject to UK Government clearance.

Brown has returned to fitness after suffering a back injury whilst training with Big Bash League side Melbourne Stars during December.

The 21-year-old made his England debut earlier in the winter after two impressive years with Worcestershire Rapids in the Vitality Blast.

Brown played in two warm-up games and four of the five T20Is against New Zealand.

He impressed sufficiently to then be selected for the white ball leg of the tour of South Africa before suffering the injury.

Worcestershire Cricket Steering Group Chairman, Paul Pridgeon, said: “Pat showed his potential in New Zealand and it was a real shame that he suffered the injury when he did.

“To play in the Big Bash would have been added experience and the fact England selected him for South Africa showed they were sufficiently impressed with what he did in New Zealand.

“But he is fit again now and will be looking to make the most of this latest opportunity. He is that sort of character.”

Brown made his T20I debut in Christchurch and also appeared in the matches at Wellington, Nelson and Napier.

The vastly experienced Moeen, who made his England debut six years ago, returned to international duty this winter.The 32-year-old Worcestershire Rapids Vitality Blast captain featured in the T20I and ODI matches against South Africa.

The ECB continues to work closely with its county partners to provide a safe and efficient return to practice for players, and is grateful for the support of the counties in assisting with the coaching provision across this period.

ECB Performance Director Mo Bobat said: “It’s really pleasing to be in a position to have players returning to training and a huge amount of work has been done by many to get us this far.

“The pool of players will give selectors strong options when it comes to selecting squads across formats further down the line, as we move closer to our aim of playing international cricket this summer.

“We will need to continue to work closely with our medical team and government to ensure that our return to training and play activities are in line with best-practice guidelines.

“We’re also really grateful for the positive and collaborative response from our county colleagues who are doing a great job at facilitating coaching and support for the players. The fact that we can call on our network to support the national effort shows the strength of our system.”

Full Squad:

Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Dom Bess (Somerset), Sam Billings (Kent), James Bracey (Gloucestershire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Henry Brookes (Warwickshire), Pat Brown (Worcestershire), Rory Burns (Surrey), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Brydon Carse (Durham), Mason Crane (Hampshire), Zak Crawley (Kent), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Liam Dawson(Hampshire), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Duckett (Nottinghamshire), Laurie Evans (Sussex), Ben Foakes (Surrey), Richard Gleeson (Lancashire), Lewis Gregory (Somerset), Sam Hain (Warwickshire), Tom Helm (Middlesex), Will Jacks (Surrey), Keaton Jennings (Lancashire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Tom Kohler-Cadmore (Yorkshire), Dan Lawrence (Essex), Jack Leach (Somerset), Liam Livingstone (Lancashire), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Craig Overton (Somerset), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Matt Parkinson (Lancashire), Ollie Pope (Surrey), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Ollie Robinson (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Phil Salt (Sussex), Dom Sibley (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Olly Stone (Warwickshire), Reece Topley (Surrey), James Vince(Hampshire), Amar Virdi (Surrey), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Mark Wood (Durham)