Nottingham - England have added pace bowlers Sam Curran and
Craig Overton to their squad as they go in search of an unprecedented 5-0
one-day international series whitewash of arch-rivals Australia, it was
announced on Wednesday.
Eoin Morgan's men took an unassailable 3-0 lead in
Nottingham on Tuesday when they posted a new world record total at this level
of 481 for six.
Spin bowlers Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali then shared seven
wickets between them at Trent Bridge as England won by the colossal margin of
It was England's heaviest ODI victory, in terms of runs, and
world champions Australia's largest defeat.
But with pace-bowling all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris
Woakes missing the series through injury, England have decided to bolster their
attack ahead of two ODIs in four days.
"Surrey's Sam Curran and Somerset's Craig Overton have
been called up from the Lions (the national A side) to join England's squad for
the final two Royal London ODIs against Australia," said an England and
Wales Cricket Board statement issued Wednesday.
"Both players will travel to Chester-le-Street today
and will be available for selection on Thursday at Emirates Riverside and the
final match of the series at Emirates Old Trafford on Sunday, providing
additional fast-bowling options," it added.
Uncapped Surrey left-armer seamer Curran will now join his
brother Tom in an England squad for the first time - having been named
alongside him on Tuesday in the 14-man party chosen for the upcoming Twenty20s
against Australia and India.
Somerset's Overton has also yet to make his ODI debut.
Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey has suggested
England, the world's number one-ranked ODI side, could do with an extra fast
bowler, telling Cricket Australia's Unplayable Podcast: "The only question
mark over England is just the attack.
"I just feel they are one world-class seamer short of
being one of the great one-day teams of all time...that world-class fast bowler
that can really just take the game away from the opposition.
"It's just probably the one missing link. I don't want
to put down the quicks they've got, they are obviously doing a job as
well," Hussey added.
In the short term, England are concerned about the dangers
of over-bowling their regular ODI pacemen Mark Wood, David Willey and Liam
Indeed, even in the afterglow of Tuesday's extraordinary
victory, England ODI captain Morgan warned: "I think with only a day
(before) the next game, it makes it more difficult for us to put out our
"We've always looked at series like this, and games
with one day in between, as quite rigorous for the bowlers.
"Their risk of injury goes through the roof. So we'll
have to see how they pull up, and what they can do," Morgan added.
Yet it took England a mere 37 overs to dismiss Australia at
Trent Bridge, with the most bowled by any of their quicks the seven apiece by
Wood and Willey.