England news August 26, 2011

Pietersen rested for India ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

England have rested Kevin Pietersen for the upcoming ODI series India and called up Durham allrounder Ben Stokes.

Pietersen, who was the highest scorer in the Test series against India, has been left out as part of the selectors' ongoing policy of 'managing player workloads'. While Pietersen has recovered his Test form in fine style, his one-day returns have been less productive - just two half-centuries since November 2008.

Geoff Miller, the England selector, emphasised, however, that Pietersen was being rested rather than dropped. "The decision to omit Kevin Pietersen from the one-day squad is in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads and will give the opportunity to another batsmen to test himself batting at number four."

Stokes is the only one of the three debutants from the one-off ODI against Ireland to have made the squad, with Ravi Bopara holding his place ahead of James Taylor and legspinner Scott Borthwick not selected either. Stokes was close to playing against Sri Lanka earlier in the summer but picked up a finger injury. He has had an excellent season for Durham in the CB40 with 357 runs at 51.00. Though he won't be fit to bowl, he offers England hard-hitting ability down the order.

While the remainder of the ODI squad is largely similar to the one that beat Sri Lanka 3-2 earlier in the summer, there are maiden Twenty20 call-ups for Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler and Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales. Buttler has not actually had as productive a season as last year in Twenty20, but has showcased enough potential to step in for the injured Luke Wright.

Hales, meanwhile, replaced Michael Lumb from the team that lost to Sri Lanka in the one-off T20. Ian Bell, who was a non-playing member of the squad from that game, has been dropped. Hales impressed in all forms of the game for Nottinghamshire this season and is the highest-scoring English player in the Friends Life t20 with 544 runs from 16 games. "The domestic Twenty20 competition went well for me and I'm pleased to have been recognised for scoring runs in a winning team," said Hales.

"England are the world's best Test team and the Twenty20 world champions so breaking into the setup at any level is a big deal and I'm extremely proud to have done so. I need to back my ability to play positively and score runs if I'm going to stay in contention for a place and that's my target going into Wednesday's game."

Miller, meanwhile, backed the squads blend of youth and experience to succeed. "Across both squads we believe we've selected an exciting blend of experienced international performers along with some exciting young players with a great deal of talent," he said in a statement. "We will need to play a high quality brand of limited overs cricket against the world champions India.

"We're very excited to have included some bright young players in the form of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, all of whom have proved themselves domestically and will now be looking to successfully take the step up to international level."

Twenty20 squad: Stuart Broad (capt), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann

ODI squad: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott

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  • Randolph on August 30, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    I've got news for you India: even if you do win this series it won't erase the fact you got spanked 4-0 by the poms! I'll put money on Tendulkar scoring a hundred in a dead rubber!

  • Ash on August 29, 2011, 21:59 GMT

    @davidPK: IPL is mainly marketed as cricket entertainment. Some cricket + entertainment. People do not go to IPL games only for cricket. As a matter of fact last few years there were hardly any big names from test cricket except IND, SA (3-4 players), and SL ( only 3-4) team. From AUS only Mike Hussy, Brent Lee and Tait (both are retired from test cricket), NZ team do not have any star players so does not matter, PAK - no participation, ENG - except Morgan and Colly no one was picked up (BTW who wants to watch Trott and Cook in any format let alone 20/20). Stiil, IPL has been great success. Test cricket, ODI and 20/20 need different set of skills. The perfect example is ENG. Good in test cricket and medicore in ODI. So I do not think you need to have test cricket to have IPL and ODI. Some players are good in both while others are good in only one format. In India for test matches even when Ind was # 1 the stadiums were mostly empty but ODIs were sold out even they were 3rd rank.

  • david on August 29, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    SHAN16_JERK to make the ipl work in the future u need the following things. great players for the crowd to follow and to sell the ipl to the indian and tv audiences around the world. im afraid my friend without test cricket you will not see those great players. no quick bowlers no great spinners no great batters. just journey men cricketers. u see cricket will die if test cricket is not played because 20/20 is like kissing a woman on the cheek. test is like well i will leave that bit to your own imagination. think abut it. davidpk

  • Martin on August 29, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    @indianzen; The big talk has started again. Look where it got you last time. India couldn't beat England in India last they played - what makes you think india will win over here? @SHAN16_JERK; "Tests matches do not have great future. It will die soon." An utterly shameful comment. Friend - you seemed happy enough to crow about Test cricket when you were "number 1". Do you now what the word "hypocrite" means?

  • ashok on August 29, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    ODI & T20 England will be whitewashed... Indians are horses... getup is just in seconds after falling down...

  • Anver on August 29, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    Pietersen got his form back in tests.....but unfortunately lacking runs ODI's so i dont think this is a good move by ECB......

  • John on August 29, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    @ Swarzi: you're making it much too complicated. England are resting KP because they're resting KP. There's no cunning plan involved. England have done the same thing in tests (Strauss, Broad and Finn were all rested in 2010). The plan is to develop a squad which can play at a high level even when there are injuries, loss of form or different conditions. That's why England could beat India by an innings twice even without Trott and Tremlett, both top 10 players in the ICC rankings. KP will be back. Would I have done the same thing? I don't know- it would depend on how KP felt about it. As for the Indian fans saying how wonderful India is at ODI cricket- wasn't that when Sehwag, Zaheer, Yuvraj and Bhaji were in the side, and they were playing in India? You might find it's a little different with them missing and India playing in England.

  • Mike on August 29, 2011, 2:45 GMT

    who cares Tests is the number 1 format. Rest KP so he stays fresh.

  • Ahsan on August 29, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    @ indyarox: Hahahaahaha!!!! I think you are still in bad memories of Tests where Harbhajan was dropped due to worst performance & told he's injured.

  • Mike on August 29, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    Yeh England are a very good ODI team in their own conditions, I think they beat SA 4-0 not long ago here, and IIRC Indian lost 4-3 last time they toured here, we of course struggle away from home though. Still, even without KP I still fancy the win, 3-2. And if England get lucky and win the toss 4-5 times then it could end up 4-1 easily as our bowlers are better, so we would as another poster said be lethal under bowler friendly conditions. So I will say we win the T20, and also win 3-2 in the 50 over ODI's.

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