Sam Curran added to T20 squad as Moeen Ali takes break ahead of IPL


Moeen Ali will join Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler in sitting out the T20I leg of England’s tour of the Caribbean, after it was announced that he will fly home after the final ODI in St Lucia on Saturday to rest up ahead of the IPL.

Sam Curran, who is also due to play in this year’s IPL but has not been a part of the limited-overs squad, has been called up in place of Moeen.

Moeen, who finished as England’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket this winter after returning to the side during the India series last summer, is – like Stokes and Buttler – a key part of England’s squads in all three formats.

He was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2019 IPL, which gets underway on March 23. Stokes and Buttler, who were omitted from the T20 squad when it was originally announced last week, are both on Rajasthan Royals’ books.

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