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England v West Indies: Matthew Potts replaces Josh Tongue in squad for ODIs

Matthew Potts played in England’s one-off Test against Ireland in June but did not feature in the Ashes

Matthew Potts has replaced Josh Tongue in England’s squad for the upcoming one-day international (ODI) series against West Indies.

Fast bowler Tongue, 26, has been ruled out by an injury sustained during the England Lions camp in the United Arab Emirates.

Durham seamer Potts played the most recent of his three ODIs against Ireland at Bristol in September.

The three-match ODI series begins in Antigua on Sunday 3 December.

It is followed by five T20s, starting on 12 December.

The series against West Indies is England’s first action following their disappointing World Cup exit at the group stage, with only six players from that squad featuring.

Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Chris Woakes have been dropped for the ODIs but are included for the T20 leg, while Dawid Malan has been left out entirely.

Tongue remains uncapped in white-ball cricket. He made his Test debut against Ireland in June, taking 5-66 in the second innings of England’s 10-wicket win.

He also played in the second Test of the Ashes that followed but missed September’s T20 series against New Zealand with injury.

Potts, 25, also played the one-off Test against Ireland but did not feature in the Ashes, before returning to the white-ball set-up for September’s rain-affected Ireland series.

He has taken two wickets in a short ODI career so far, having only played three matches in the format.

But the seamer had an impressive summer, playing a crucial role in Durham’s promotion to Division One of the County Championship, taking 54 wickets in 21 matches.

England v West Indies fixtures

  • Sunday 3 December: First ODI, Antigua
  • Wednesday 6 December: Second ODI, Antigua
  • Saturday 9 December: Third ODI, Barbados
  • Tuesday 12 December: First T20, Barbados
  • Thursday 14 December: Second T20, Grenada
  • Saturday 16 December: Third T20, Grenada
  • Tuesday 19 December: Fourth T20, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Thursday 21 December: Fifth T20, Trinidad & Tobago

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