England news June 10, 2010

Craig Kieswetter and Ian Bell earn ODI calls

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Ian Bell has earned a one-day international recall while, as expected, Craig Kieswetter has been preferred as England's wicketkeeper-batsman ahead of Matt Prior for the one-day internationals against Australia and the match against Scotland. There is also a surprising place for Tim Bresnan after he recently suffered a foot injury.

Bresnan was ruled out of the second Test against Bangladesh, at Old Trafford, with a stress fracture but has clearly recovered quicker than expected. The 13-man squad includes Michael Yardy, a key part of the Twenty20 success in the Caribbean, as the selectors begin to make their final plans for next year's World Cup.

Bresnan's fitness means there is no place for Ajmal Shahzad, the Yorkshire allrounder, who impressed on his Test debut in Manchester with his reverse-swing skills. However, both Shahzad and Prior, along with Ravi Bopara who didn't make this squad, can expect to be included in the England Lions for their triangular series with India A and West Indies A which runs concurrently to the ODIs against Australia.

"We are very pleased with the progress our one-day squad has made under the leadership of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower over the past 18 months," said Geoff Miller, the national selector. "The challenge facing the squad now is to maintain the form they showed over the winter against the world's number one side in 50-over cricket.

"We have named a slightly smaller squad for this summer's NatWest Series than in previous years as our own programme closely mirrors the England Lions' schedule for their triangular series against India A and West Indies A.

"We will draw on additional players from the Lions squad if required and will also consider using the Lions programme to give non playing members of the one-day squad match practice where appropriate."

England have 21 ODIs between now and the beginning of the World Cup, starting with the June 19 fixture against Scotland, to formulate a squad that can amend the team's disastrous recent form in 50-over tournaments. Following the Twenty20 triumph there were calls for that model to be immediately replicated in the longer format but Michael Lumb, who opened with Kieswetter, has been omitted.

Kieswetter made his ODI debut against Bangladesh earlier this year having been drafted into the squad at the last minute following impressive performances for England Lions in the UAE. He responded with 107 in his third match at Chittagong, a game where he was also given the gloves, as the management hinted at the direction they would follow. The clincher, though, was Kieswetter's form in the World Twenty20, where he was explosive at the top of the order and hit 63 off 49 balls in the final against Australia.

"Craig Kieswetter made a century in only his third one-day International on the tour of Bangladesh and continued to impress during the World T20 tournament in the Caribbean," said Miller. "He has been earmarked for a role at the top of the order and I am sure he will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against high quality opposition.

"We are also pleased to welcome back Ian Bell to the one-day squad. He has performed well for Warwickshire this season in limited overs cricket and worked hard to add a more positive, attacking approach to his game.

"Michael Yardy's inclusion is a reward for performing consistently to a high level in the World T20 in the Caribbean and also reflects our longer term planning for a World Cup in the Indian sub-continent next year in which spin bowling will be a major feature."

Prior will feel hard done by once again as his ODI career is brought to another halt. After being tried at the top of the order, he went back to No. 6 during the Champions Trophy and the tour of South Africa where England won the one-day series 2-1. However, despite a couple of important innings, the emergence of Kieswetter has led to another change and there remains a feeling Prior's batting is too orthodox for a middle-order role.

Following England's victory against Bangladesh at Old Trafford on Sunday there was some doubt over Andrew Strauss's place in the squad after comments by Geoff Miller, the national selector, didn't appear to offer complete support for the captain. But that was cleared up when Andy Flower confirmed Strauss would be in charge although he will need a productive one-day summer to ensure against calls for a change.

England squad Andrew Strauss (capt), Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Eoin Morgan, Michael Yardy, Luke Wright, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Ian Bell

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  • Dummy4 on June 15, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Andy Flower seems to want as many Africans in the squad as possible. imo another pointless boring odi series. One Day Cricket needs to go to make way for more T20, overwise test cricket WILL perish. I don't want this to happen. One Day Cricket imo is predictable and tbh I have little interest in overs 20-35.

  • Jackie on June 12, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    "who used to play as Bell does now...bell is too orthodox and gets bogged down in middle overs"

    Are you referring to how Bell plays now or not? You can't have been watching any of his recent 40 over games (in pro-40 last season and CB-40 this season) because Bell in 2010 has a strike rate of 110 and has had 4 50s in 5 games. Av of 65. Last season Av 76. His two t20 games 66 and 85. 66 MOTM (9 4s 1 six) and 85 off 47 balls (50 off 23) (9 4s 3 sixes). What did you mean about getting bogged down?

    Perhaps if you followed his career more closely you would understand AKsayKatiyar why he has been selected.

  • Tejas on June 12, 2010, 15:17 GMT

    wellll........andy flower knows where to put his money on for the world cup.....bt just wonder if Michael Yardy is better than Ian Blackwell.....the latter being better with the willow......also bit of gamble persisting with Ian Bell......i would have preferred Matt Prior playing as batsman......other than that team looks balanced....bresnan and wright are he ones England should be looking forward for late blasts in the innings.....n its certainly time for Wright to be more consistent..n show his mettle n prove that his debut innings against India was nt just flash in the pan........way to go England......

  • Graeme on June 12, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    maximum6, well done, i am glad you took my advice. i think your selections are pants though. i prefer andy flower's squad.

  • Akshay on June 11, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    hi,frankly speaking i don't understand ian bell's inclusion in the squad.michael lumb has been hard done by.considering that a lot of players who used to play like as bell does now,have played previously and england fared disasterously during that tenure.lumb was instrumental in giving good starts in the carribean.i guess the selectors forgot that.may be strauss could have batted at no. 3 if there was no slot. bell is too orthodox and gets bogged down in middle overs and nowadays simply rotating the strike isn't good enough and australia posess no slouches, you see he is going to struggle. and what about darren stevens of kent, poor lad keeps performing season after season and pretty convincingly as well.

  • chris on June 11, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    PS What about Andrew Symonds?

  • Count on June 11, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Hmm, I was wondering if England were not winning or not playing well, would there have been these many discussions on who was born where ? Perhaps not.

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    This team looks quite good in paper,i am sorry to say but this team do not match the talent and strength of Australia because i think this team totally depends upon Kevin Peiterson because it shown in t20 world cup that every match he was the performer but the good thing about this team is that they play as a unit and their feilding and they are surely missing Flintoff because luke wright does not fill the shoes of legendry allrounder.

  • Michael on June 11, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Dear gramedgar, you are obviously a man of serious views and opinions. So humour probably does not grace your mind too often. People who might fir fit the bill better than Bresnan-Shazzad,Saj mahmood, Kabir ali,(actually almost anyone). Fior Yardy Rashid, Tredwell, Borthwick, Monty,-real bowlers- I cannot think that Yardy's batting will ever be too crucial. He is more like a 70's /80's one day player( Mike Bore springs to mind). As for Wright, Mascharenas.

  • Jack on June 11, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    I think this selection is very conservative to say the very least, as it is a 'pointless' series it should, in my opinion, be used to experiment. Flower/Strauss know the qualities of the majority of the side. Kieswetter and Yardy have earned their place within the side on merit, although Kieswetters glove work does need to improve. Yardy is a very useful 'middle-overs' batsmen in limited overs cricket, always thinking on his feet with a vast amount of experience but are his 'left arm darts' going to be effected in one day cricket, they are difficult balls to hit out of the park, but very easy singles and twos on offer as presumably the field will be set back. I feel the selectors should have taken a gamble or two, in the form of Ajmal Shahzad, he hasn't been given a chance in the ODI game. Ian Blackwell, as good a hitter as Luke Wright and bowls useful left spin. Even attempt to give 'future stars' a taste of international cricket in the form of Alex Hales, James Taylor, Chris Woakes?

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