England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan has described his squad for the upcoming series against West Indies as “unbelievably exciting”.
The five-match T20 series in Barbados gets underway at 8pm (GMT) on Saturday evening but Morgan will be without some of his key men as none of the Ashes squad are set to feature.
The 18-strong squad was named back in December and included two uncapped players – Sussex seamer George Garton (pictured below) and Gloucestershire bowler David Payne.
That means that there should be plenty of opportunities for players to impress ahead of a year that will conclude with the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Morgan issued his verdict on his squad ahead of the West Indies series.
“It’s unbelievably exciting,” said the England skipper. “As a white-ball group, we’ve gone on tours and played in series at home where we haven’t had our full-strength side available – that’s been a constant theme for a number of years now.
“Obviously, Test matches take priority and always do so going through the exercise of giving younger guys opportunity is a really exciting time because when we’ve tried it in the past and given the unbelievable skill level that guys have – coming through county cricket, playing in The Hundred, playing in franchise tournaments around the world – they’re now going coming into our team ready to play international cricket.
“I’m excited about it. I’m excited about seeing some of the new players that have come into the squad potentially get opportunities over the course of the five games and hopefully winning a series as well.”