Captain says ‘it’s just too much to ask’ of those players to be involved in Sri Lanka, Pakistan series

Eoin Morgan has revealed that he expects to be without the services of England’s multi-format players throughout their home T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan next summer.

England have been at full strength for both of their two most recent T20I series – the 3-0 win in South Africa in late 2020 and this month’s 3-2 defeat in India – and several players were given periods of rest during the Test series in Sri Lanka and India in order to ensure that Morgan had a first-choice XI at his disposal.

The rest-and-rotation policy has led to suggestions that England are prioritising T20I results ahead of Tests, but Morgan said after their 36-run defeat in the fifth T20I that he expects their all-format players to be unavailable for the home series this summer, despite the imminent T20 World Cup in India.

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