Morgan: 'All of England's new boys will play'

Mason Crane, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton and Tom Curran will all feature in England's T20 series against South Africa.

Leg-spinner Mason Crane is one of the five uncapped players to be included in the squad that faces the Proteas.   -  Getty Images

Eoin Morgan has confirmed all of the new faces in England's Twenty20 squad will be given game-time in this week's three-match series against South Africa.

One week on from being knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy at the semifinal stage by eventual winners Pakistan, England will make a swift return to action at the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.

Their squad for the short-format series with the Proteas features five uncapped players in Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone, Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane, Middlesex batsman Dawid Malan and seamers Craig Overton and Tom Curran, of Somerset and Surrey respectively.

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"You'll see everybody play at least one game," Morgan confirmed in an interview on the England and Wales Cricket Board's official website.

"We feel this is an opportunity, certainly with the [Twenty20] World Cup in 2020 quite a bit away, to give guys a chance and actually see what they can do on the international stage. It's very exciting in that respect.

"It's an exciting time for us. We've rested a lot of players for this three-match series and a lot of youngsters have come in... so that creates a different energy around the group and, at the same time, creates great opportunity."

Morgan offered his congratulations to Pakistan, which beat England emphatically in Cardiff last week before stunning rival India with a 180-run triumph in the Champions Trophy final.

"It's still disappointing. We were outperformed on the day," Morgan added.

"Pakistan obviously went on to win the trophy and thoroughly deserved that, so congratulations to them. They achieved what I suppose nobody gave them a chance of doing at the start, so I take my hat off to them."