England news August 26, 2011

Pietersen rested for India ODIs

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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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  • RandyOZ 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!

  • SHAN16_JERK 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.

  • bumsonseats 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

  • 5wombats 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?

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

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

  • anver777 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......

  • landl47 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.

  • subbass on August 29, 2011, 2:45 GMT

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

  • Ahsan_Shere 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.

  • subbass 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.

  • RandyOZ 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!

  • SHAN16_JERK 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.

  • bumsonseats 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

  • 5wombats 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?

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

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

  • anver777 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......

  • landl47 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.

  • subbass on August 29, 2011, 2:45 GMT

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

  • Ahsan_Shere 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.

  • subbass 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.

  • SHAN16_JERK on August 28, 2011, 22:54 GMT

    @davidp: U R absolutely correct. Ind team and fans always will take WC win vs any test series win or one day series win. Indian fans and cricket team will never be able to replicate emotional hight reached during WC 2011 for any test series win in ASU/ENG/SA. Tests matches do not have great future. It will die soon. It will be most likely restricted to Ashes series only as ENG/AUS will continue to play ASHES.

  • on August 28, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    why rested for a big series and they are allowed to play ipl.

  • 5wombats on August 28, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    @All - don't forget - KP depending on your point of view "walked out" of the World Cup or "was injured". We still don't really know what that was about, do we?

  • on August 28, 2011, 13:08 GMT

    England is blanced but missing the enforcer in the middle order.. Kp had that AURA about him.. But considering India's form and bowlers, England dont need to worry that much on that front.. Thought they could well do with a better opener than Kieswetter.. Buttler seems a good option for middle order..

  • on August 28, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    This is how you do it. This is why England decimated India. But anyhow, England is NOT a good ODI side. Pietersen or no Pietersen. That said, it is shocking to know that there has been no youths who can clock 140 kmph+ in the camp at Mohali (quoting Karsan Ghavri here). Now i seriously repent not following my dreams of playing cricket. I used to clock close to 150 kmph at 18 years. I am not joking

  • on August 28, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    three different captains for three formats...this strategy is really a boon for England.

  • on August 28, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    advice to england for benifit of the game i am an indian fan so it will be gr8 if bell bats at 6 but dont bat him there he has to bat at 4 he being the player he is has to bat at 3 or 4 not down when /if kp comes back he should bat at 5 morgan at 6 for this series morgan at 5 bopara at 6

  • bumsonseats on August 28, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    playing 50 overs internationals in sept in uk can be very hard. won by the team winning of the toss. last years games against pakistan, were very tight, and to memory that was the case. but and its a big but last year both teams seam attacks were very good you do not get a bad pakistani attact in odi .india other that m patel who in those contidions, i expect to bowl well. so to the many indian supports, do hope your captain wins the majority tosses. because if u loose the english guys will be leathal , and maybe the inclusion of dravid will come to your aid. 3 - 2 to england i would think. KP missing, english supporters will understand that although winning the WC would be great, tests are the thing that rings our bell, unlike india 1 day cricket will always come 1st.dpk

  • Pritt32 on August 28, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    India may see Pietersen's exclusion as a gift from the ODI. The top-ranked English batman is capable of turning a match around with destructive innings. India ODI have some promising batmen, but very thin on bowling line up as even counties are not threatened by their attack. Pietersen's absence will be a massive blow, but selectors do not want to overstretch as he is a key player in squad. Can England win with his absence? The bowling is way ahead of India's, but there are some good batmen. It will be an even contest on balance.

  • rakibul-narail-bd on August 28, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    this mean india have some water in mouth

  • SOLNAN on August 28, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    KP rested!! cant believe selectors are such naive for us to beleive the same. Tests highest rungetter and Englands best one Day batsmen rested. Indians will be mighty pleasd.

  • on August 28, 2011, 8:13 GMT

    england is a perfect team they have lot of choices from counties,this is not a world cup and england is more concentrated in test i think with out peterson they have gud batting line up as well as bowling.but i neever said that peterson is worst,if some one has more choices try to him in these kind of games otherwise England is same like india if sachin is not performed india never win the game this is not gud for any major team it will loose the confidence of teams but i am a indian supporter i wish to win india in big margins but india have to work hard very well

  • indyarox on August 28, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    KP hasnt been rested. He has been dropped

  • Lmaotsetung on August 28, 2011, 6:22 GMT

    Ok..ONE MORE TIME...for those of you who don't understand the situation. KP is being rested so the selectors can get a good look at Bell and Bopara and to some extent Trott at #3. There is only enough places for 6 specialist batsmen (Cook, Keiswetter, Trott, Bell, Morgan, and Bopara). Remember in ODI you need at least 5 bowlers. Granted Bopara and Trott can bowl, my belief is that Eng are not confortable playing 4 bowlers + some part-timers. Which is also why the wicketkeeping position is so crucial in ODIs. No longer can the wk avg less than 30-40 in that format. Stokes is just there for the experience and if one of the batsmen gets injured, he might get to play. There is an article somewhere that quoted Flower as saying the twenty20 matches against the West Indies in Sept will feature the full English squad as they prepare for their defence of their World Championship in that format. So KP gets to rest til Sept then he's back in the squad for that and the Indian ODI tour.

  • sanjay37b on August 28, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    Pietersen played some matches in world cup and returned home under injury scare.I believe,his exclusion has some other reason than the reason stated by Geoff Miller.No fun in watching games with teams playing without their best XI.The test series was the worst,not because India lost but , India played with players not fit enough to play in tests.The fit eleven with full strength of India would have made the test series much interesting rather than one sided.

  • on August 28, 2011, 5:31 GMT

    England without "KP"..... its a best gift for INDIA after World Cup Trophy... wt are thinking England Selectors now...?? without KP England can't beat INDIA.....

  • swarzi on August 28, 2011, 5:09 GMT

    I'm very confused regarding England's strategy to play KP in the T/20 game and omit him from the ODIs. So I tried to guess what was the reason without them telling me. My first guess was that they are preparing for the 2015 World Cup and that they are not interested in any player who would be 35 years of age by that time (KP would). But when I did some research on the ages of English players who are in the present team, I noticed that Graham Swan is 32 and older than KP. After discovering that I concluded that since England's most gifted batsman is not injured and is available to play ODIs, and he is being omitted from a most important series against the No.1 ODI team in the world, the England policy for ODI matches right now is: England would show scant interest for any of their 'batsmen' (not bowlers like Swan) who would reach their 35th birthday by 2015; Or they are making sure that KP's ODI form does not improve, and therefore make him less attractive for IPL franchise holders.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 28, 2011, 2:33 GMT

    My XI for ODIs: 1.Alastair Cook, 2.Craig Kieswetter, 3.Jonathan Trott, 4.Ian Bell, 5.Ravi Bopara, 6.Eoin Morgan, 7.Tim Bresnan, 8.Stuart Broad, 9.Graeme Swann, 10.James Anderson, 11.Jade Dernbach. This XI will provide them 5 specialist bowlers along-with two good medium pacers (Trott & Bopara) & an excellent spinner, also, they can bat deep with broad at eighth & Swann at ninth position.

  • on August 28, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Bad idea to sit Peterson down for ODI's he is the best player in Englang side. Doesn't make any sense to make him play in only t20 but not odi's. I don't understand what are these selectors thinking. The guy want's to play but they are not selecting him that is weired.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 28, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    From a neutral fan: No team can beat India 5-0 in ODIs in any condition I bet. England may win 3-2 & this will be the best result for them. They can't achieve more than this even if Pietersen plays.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 28, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    @5wombats and others, thanks for the insights into the situation. Well, it's a huge loss for the ODIs without the mighty KP. What a player! What a shame that we have to watch this series without his imposing presence at the crease and those little chirps in the opposition batmen's ears.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 27, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Sreeni Iyer..Are you real doctor. or Doctor for cricketers..only..

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 27, 2011, 23:55 GMT

    Sachin_is_da_Best ..We will win this one day series.. England have not played major ODIS in recent history they won Test series because they got good practice angainst Sri Lanka and Pakistan on their loveable home grounds..plus injured Indian side a bonus for them to win test series...They will be on ground quickly..let them enjoy the air for a while..

  • on August 27, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    @Grant8 - So how about golf then? It goes for four days and is even slower than cricket... Terrible logic.

  • voma on August 27, 2011, 18:46 GMT

    We need to play younger players , so this is a good decision by England . Personally i dont mind if we lose this ODI series . If England find some more quality players , then it is a good move .

  • grant8 on August 27, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    T20 and ODIs are the future. Test Cricket is only for pride.. One has to be UN-employed to watch 5 days games.

    An sport or format if doesn't interest spectators then its a waste. India should have a strong ODI and T20.. Forget Tests.. May be they should stop playing test matches overseas. Simple

  • Ganeshran on August 27, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    @cric-maestro , Nikunj Patel ,puneet_usa : Haaaa...Haaaa....It seems as if some of my fellow countrymen have gone back to their arrogant ways after the two wins against weak county sides.Let's not get too excited.It would be great if we can end the series with a 3-2 margin in england's favour.That sort of a defeat would be honourable.If Sacin performs well ,as usual that won't be a tough task.No matter what the result,fingers crossed for the great man's 100th hundred soon.

  • chapathishot on August 27, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    @Herath-UK :I think you have not watched any cricket from 2006 series srilanka played in England .Its 2011 man Srilanka has not even won a test series in srilanka for two years and I doubt it will change against Australia also

  • on August 27, 2011, 16:31 GMT

    india should just drop players who have been psychologically damaged during the test series and start afresh ==> so Raina, Gambhir, Sreesanth, RP, (well Dhoni too, but india probably can't) need to sit out....in come Virat, Rohit, Parthiv, Aaron, Ashwin etc. AS the tour games and Virat/Rohit/Parthiv have shown, nothing devilish about English conditions - just player issues. So then -> Sachin, Parthiv, Dravid, Virat, Rohit, Mishra, Ashwin, Dhon, Munaf/Vinay, Praveen, Aaron.

    I don't see why england need to change the test side at all - they are all high on confidence.

  • Radius86 on August 27, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    It's good to see Jade Dernbach in the side. he had a good game against Ireland on a rotten pitch a few days back. Glad to see the selectors give him more confidence.

  • cric-maestro on August 27, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    @Herath-UK: yeah right this same poor side thrashed ur team 3 months ago in the wc finals...not to mention the test records of sl against india.......

  • puneet_usa on August 27, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    I can see that with England thrashing india 4-0 in the test series, they have gotten complacent- I am so sure that Indians are going to get back in to their A game mode and thrash England in T-20 and the ODIs- Watch out Brits............!!!!!

  • on August 27, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Herath-Uk Yeah even Srilanka cannot dream of winning a test in India, South Africa and Australia like India did in the last 3 years.

  • Munkeymomo on August 27, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @WTEH KP is no way Englands best ODI player, he has had a poor record in ODIs for a long time, plus the young guys called up need some big match experience if England are ever to become a good ODI side, there is no bigger experience than playing against the world champions.

  • on August 27, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    @Pete Munday A moderate bowling line up? Dude, the entire England team faced a moderate bowling line up of India's national squad in the recently concluded Test Series, how come you rate this English Team great then? The likes of Bell, KP, Strauss, Broad and Cook faced this bowling attack consisting of players who cant bowl over 135 KmPh on regular basis, then how come their batting effort has been appreciated. India's strongest team never took the field and they were constantly marred by injuries. It would be interesting to see how they fare against Steyn and Morkel. Things won't be easy then, dont you think?

  • Cric_info_pak on August 27, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    well the way india played in test matches i think A teams can beat them.... but england is not good ODI team but still they rested KP hmm i think BCCI decide to use its money the way they did in World cup.

  • arunkiran on August 27, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    @ herathi think you areover crictising india first thin of srilanan team who are awful to depleted australan side and suffering against themindia wil win odi series 4-1 and australia will whitewash the series againt awful srilankan side

  • Nampally on August 27, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    England's squad for the ODI is similar to their test squad with just KP & Strauss out. The bowlers are unchanged - Anderson, Broad, Bresnan & Swann.The WK is also different. The Indian batting is slightly different with at least 2 changes in Kohli & Sharma coming in for Laxman & Sehwag. In addition If Gambhir is still on injury list, he may give way to Rahane. In bowling, the young pace bowler Aaron may get a chance along with the off spinner Ashwin. Kumar & RP singh/M.Patel will likely be other 2 bowler. The Indian team is vastly different from the one that won the World Cup, earlier this year. Sehwag, Zaheer, Yuvraj, Harbhajan & possibly Gambhir, are all missing. Presence of Dravid will provide stability to the Indian batting. He may open the innings with Tendulkar if Gambhir is not available.India is expected to put up a better show than in the Test matches.

  • on August 27, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    Good to see a couple of new faces in the squads , no doubt Flower would like to win this series but his priority is moulding a team for the next world cup. Once again the vast majority of Indian supporters seem hopelessly deluded , their team only just beat Kent who fielded a very moderate bowling line up , no reason why they wont struggle against Anderson , Broad and Bresnan in Sept conditions.

  • Herath-UK on August 27, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    The real reason of dropping KP is England has now got a measure of India and understand what a poor side is this and wants to give some rest to their star batsman;who can blame them.In any case India cannot even think of repeating a sort of drubbing Jayasuriya& company gave with a 5-0 drubbing a few years ago. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • on August 27, 2011, 11:24 GMT

    I don't want Ravi Bopara and even Samit Patel hanging around for the T20 against India as when England clashed with Sri Lanka couple of months back in it's only T20 under Stuart Broad, the loss of the team can be attributed to the inclusion of these two players. So, I would like the ECB to once again think nicely before making any selection for these players otherwise the board will have to regret later on. Give opportunities to some new players too as I don't find any special things about these two players ECB.

  • WTEH on August 27, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    What an insult, England going to beat the world champions 5-0 even without their best ODI player??? This is too much, pls India come on, at least win one game.

  • 5wombats on August 27, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    @landl47 hey mate. I was thinking more of this winter - it suddenly occured to me that we hadn't seen Monty around the team or mentioned in dispatches. So it made me think - which spinners are they going to take to Dubai/Sri Lanka for the Tests? Agree that Patel may feature in the ODI picture but surely not the Tests. Yeah I noticed Briggs in the averages but isn't 20 a bit young??? I'd be surprised if Panesar didn't go - and you would think they would take a third - but who? @Dravid_Gravitas; Regarding KP - if it's true that they are resting players, then good, but it is a surprise! None of us saw that coming. KP (& Anderson) = key players they and their workloads do need managing.

  • Narkovian on August 27, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    PIETERSEN to be rested.??? Gee I wish I had a job which paid me squillions and did next to nothing ( a part time job for 4 months), then did naff all for the next 5 months. WORKLOAD...?? Gee he must be exhausted. No doubt he'll be off to the IPL next Spring between ENG fixtures in Jan/Feb/Mar and the ENG season. Can't think why ! N

  • sandson on August 27, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    If anyone should have been rested it should have been Anderson and the quicks.. Mark my words it has happened before and it will happen again.. England will in all likelihood lose the ODI series.. They were psychologically saturated after the ashes and were given a hiding by the Aussies in odi series.. I thought this England team was built around KP.. Sure he was in a bad patch in odi but so was he in tests before he found his big-match temperament.. England selectors do sometimes shoot themselves in the foot.. Bad form or not India is no pushover in ODI's.. Tough call Andy..

  • pom_don on August 27, 2011, 8:41 GMT

    Now I probably would not rest KP & might pick a slightly different squad.....but then again before the tests I might not have played Broad (along with a fair few others calling for his head at the time)....so I think it proves that the team England management probably do know best, lets look forward to another England win!

  • kartheepan on August 27, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    I think, Ravi Bopara one of the smartest player included in this squad has a big chance to cement his place. if he missed the trick, then this series will be his last international arena. because i am an Indian so that be too optimistic

  • on August 27, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    @Domzo.... dude, Sorry for bursting your bubble but I believe most of the people WOULD deny that " India are an excellent ODI side and the definite favorites" :).. Cheers

  • Lmaotsetung on August 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    Relax people...KP is indeed getting a break contrary to all the conspiracy theories out there. He'll be on the plane in Oct for some unfinish business later on (remember 2008?). It gives the selectors a final look at Bell and Bopara and decide if they fit in the one day plans. The newly promoted youngsters are just there for backup and to give them an opportunity to experience the England set-up. They'll be right back with the Lions for their yearly winter tour. As for Woaks, they've already had a look at him and they've probably told him what he need to work on. Remember Broadie was not a 90mph bowler in 2007...more like low 80s peaking in the mid 80mph. Woaks is a better batsman than Broad was at this stage of his career imo. Anyway can't wait for the ODI to start...at least it'll be more competitive either way.

  • Sudu_putha on August 27, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    @ abrathor - Are u being serious?? India lost to Eng 4-0 and u still talking about trashing Eng in their own back yard...U have been sleeping last few months dude....

  • anshu.s on August 27, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    Ravi Bopara n Samit Patel r ordinery cricketers there place should be taken by J.taylor orJ.vince/C.Woakes.....on other gr8 to see Jos Butler n A.Hales given a chance .

  • ChrisCole43 on August 27, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    Where have I seen all this before? England have no chance. India are the best in the world etc etc. Mmmm let me think - oh I remember it was on this website on multiple discussion threads just before the test series.

  • on August 27, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Taylor should be playing ahead of Stokes, especially given Stokes can't bowl anyway.

    Selection of Buttler is a great move. Kieswetter isn't the best keeper at Somerset, let alone in England.

  • DINESHCC on August 27, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    WHY PIETERSEN ALONE. GIVE REST TO ALL THE PLAYERS WHO PLAYED TESTS AGAINST INDIA AND SELECT SOME SUB STANDARD PLAYERS TO TAKE THE SERIES 5-0

  • abrathor on August 27, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    England are really scared.....I guess...they don't want their best players to be thrashed really bad by India....and hence resting them....All the best England....The revenge series is starting soon....Just wait nd watch how India bashes you in your own backyard...and then plan to be swashed when you come to India!!!

  • Domzo on August 27, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    @donda: There's at least one more ODI series against India before the next World Cup and - given the way the WC is formated, there's no guarantee England would ever end up playing India anyway. There's no seeding based on world rankings, previous wins etc. (otherwise Australia would have had a leg up in 2011). We want to have a look at likely players. I think it actually shows an increased seriousness about ODI, the selectors aren't just naming the test squad plus the odd fringe player and hoping the old "accumulating start, hope you have wickets in hand later on for a bit of a dart towards the end" tactics work. It may not pan out, and I don't think anyone would deny India are an excellent ODI squad, SHOULD be more motivated than during the tests and are definite favorites here, but it's good thinking. Young players tend to be hungry to establish themselves, which is good for the team.

  • hsay on August 27, 2011, 5:37 GMT

    this could be an excuse for england after india will come back nd thrash them 5-0.its not that even with KP england can beat india in an ODI series.but this could be a gud excuse.

  • Domzo on August 27, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: It seems to be a deliberate policy of resting senior players occasionally (which - given the crowded international cricket calendar is an excellent idea, Pietersen plays A LOT of cricket) and seeing what the young cricketers coming through can do, building the team for the next 4-5 years. Stokes has a bowling average of 14.7 or something ridiculous in List A county cricket (albeit from a small sample of games) and a batting average of 30 at nearly 100 strike rate. If he can translate anything near that to international cricket, he's one for the future. India's very strong ODI team is an excellent test. Patel is a useful ODI spinner/alrounder and he's already got 13 matches under his belt. Hales and Buttler are likely next generation batsmen. It's an interesting bit of out of the box thinking, and, if the new players do well, keeps established players on their toes. As to Woakes - given that he'd be playing as a bowler, India's ODI batting might be a bit much yet.

  • Thilakh on August 27, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    The English selectors are crazy. When a batsman is in great form, then the selectors decide to rest him. At least, Kevin Pietersen should have been selected for the last three ODIs. BTW, can someone tell me as to why the selectors are interested in Ben Stokes. His batting average is extremely bad in List A domestic matches. So, his selection is puzzling. They should have given a chance to either James Taylor or Gareth Peter Rees. They have better batting averages and have performed well in the 2011 domestic List A season.

  • Thilakh on August 27, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    The English selectors are crazy. When a batsman is in great form, then the selectors decide to rest him. At least, Kevin Pietersen should have been selected for the last three ODIs. BTW, can someone tell me as to why the selectors are interested in Ben Stokes. His batting average is extremely bad in List A domestic matches. So, his selection is puzzling. They should have given a chance to either James Taylor or Gareth Peter Rees. They have better batting averages and have performed well in the 2011 domestic List A season.

  • landl47 on August 27, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    Of course, if with this squad England wins the series- then what excuse has India? @5wombats: I think England will take two different squads to India over the next two years. Patel is going to be in the one-day squad- he's actually a good and crafty bowler in one-day cricket and he's a decent bat as well. When it comes to the tests in 2012, England will take a second spinner who is the best bowler for the conditions. That could very well be Panesar, who has had a couple of fine seasons for Sussex. However, keep your eye on Danny Briggs of Hampshire, also a left-arm spinner. He's had an even better first-class season (Panesar 56 wickets @28, Briggs 67 wickets @26) and he's only 20 years old! Borthwick has also made big strides this year as a leggie, plus he bats pretty well (already has a first-class century) and he's only 21. England has a mass of young talent coming up and they're already test #1 and T20 World Champions. Good times ahead.

  • Afgunz4Lyfe on August 27, 2011, 2:30 GMT

    Some of the other leading cricket boards need to learn a thing or two from how ECB is managing there players. Its not coincidence that England are the best Test team in the world; success is a result of preparation and planning not luck unlike India.

  • on August 27, 2011, 1:45 GMT

    Can peopel please stop complaining? England have an abundance of excellent players, this is a pleasant heachache for the selectors. Just because KP is out, doesn't mean England won't still smash the sub-par Indian team. India will be so demoralised from the tests and they will remember what England did to them in the WC, that they will just fall 5-0. England are going to destroy them.

  • on August 27, 2011, 1:36 GMT

    Where is Collingwood? ECB please explain where is Collingwood?

  • on August 27, 2011, 1:16 GMT

    NO KP? very odd. He not only destroys opposition but his sheer presence in the team makes the opposition bowlers nervous. Bad move not to play him in any of the 5 ODI's

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 27, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    @all British fans, what's happening with KP? I'm shocked to say the least. Can you tell us exactly what's the problem here? I find this baffling. Please explain dear British fans, what's the situation with KP and his role in ODIs for England. Looking forward for an insight into this.

  • on August 26, 2011, 23:59 GMT

    I find it very odd that KP is missing this ODI series? Why all 5 games? Also echo the thoughts on Woakes being left out, he's a great prospect and was very dangerous against the Aussies in the winter.

  • 5wombats on August 26, 2011, 23:38 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff; What do you think about this KP thing? I'm also concerned about the second spinner for India/Sri Lanka/Dubai. At the moment we haven't got one. Last time we played Monty and junior partner Swann (hard to believe now). Monty went to Aus - but he seems to be out of favour now? Are they looking at Patel because he can bat, if they are then he isn't fit enough to bowl 40 overs per Test out there - also I'm not sure he's a good enough bowler anyway. Our batting is amazing - we don't need Patels runs in Tests. They haven't got too many chances left to look at other options for the second spinner now. Maybe KP will bowl more? - Maybe this is why he's being rested now? All a bit odd. Thoughts anyone?

  • Coastaltown on August 26, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Interesting, but I'm not convinced by the idea of Patel as second spinner for the tests this winter, with Swann, Broad and Bresnan in the lower order surely there's enough batting depth to accomodate Panesar, a far superior bowler. Agree that Woakes should be in the squad, but really pleased to see Buttler in there.

  • roxap on August 26, 2011, 21:31 GMT

    why they haven't included chris woakes or bairstow

  • AnkurTyagi on August 26, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Watch out guys --- Numbers of runs england have scored in tests , INDIA going to score that many runs in ODI's ... LOL Dont worry , KP will be back in the 4th game..when ENG DOWN BY 3-0 ... I want to see IRFAN backkkkkkk...cumon selectorsss..pick him...!!!!!!!!

    GUD luck INDIA --

  • Patchmaster on August 26, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Taylor instead of Bopara. Woakes deserves another go as well.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 26, 2011, 20:46 GMT

    Obviously this is the start of World Cup 2015 planning. Looks like England has depth at the wicketkeeping position too.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 26, 2011, 20:35 GMT

    WOW! No more Yardy and now no more Luke Wright....FINALLY!

  • on August 26, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    Chris Woakes must be wondering what he has to do. Taking wickets and scoring runs does not appear to be enough these days.

  • 5wombats on August 26, 2011, 20:26 GMT

    @Tigg - do you think he's been dropped? It would be vaguely astonishing if he was. Sure - he's out of form in ODI's but so what? I think it must be at his request. @landl47; I know what you mean, but in ways it's take your pick between Stokes/Taylor/Woakes. They've already had a look at Woakes and I'm certain he's in the plans and Taylor most definitely has forced his way into the frame (e.g. the Ireland game), maybe it's Stokes turn. He's a little more bits and pieces - his bowling gives him an edge (once he gets it going). I like Woakes as well - great prospect. Looking wider - it seems that Rashid has had a poor season, also Mahmood. End of for Luke Wright though... Bopara is there for his bowling & poss for this winter. @donda; don't kid yourself.

  • donda on August 26, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Interesting. Very Interesting. This is pure gift to India. KP is not playing at world champs on his home grounds. India cannot have better gift than this at all. India should reply back with a gift too. Give rest to Sachin.

    This is once again a big blunder by english cricket , they are not focused on ODI any more. They think about 2015 WC but then give rest to their best batsman against world champs. That's fools world.

    It will hurt england a lot.

  • Oasis55 on August 26, 2011, 18:17 GMT

    well team is balance but why English selectors are not picking OWAIS SHAH???? Shah is still in good form and can contribute english cricket!!!!! Shah should be in ODI and T20 squad.

  • CricketChat on August 26, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Kevin was at this best in Tests and his confidence against Ind would be high. Eng missed an opportunity to get Kevin back in the ODI frame. May be they want him to focus on tests only.

  • fishface1971 on August 26, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Great news that Buttler is included. How on earth Jonny Bairstow got into the ODI squad before him I don't know. Just compare their stats...What has Bairstow ever done in one day cricket...?

  • blondblackberry on August 26, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    i'm an indian fan but i couldn't understand why u hav three different captains?also hav of the side which played the test is gone i don't understand england's strategy.

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    hmmmm....no test cricket for 5 months....why rest KP?? You have a 15 man squad, simply rotate players so each gets 3/4 games if you want to look after them. KP is still in my opinion one of the most talented ODI batsmen in the world and I think it's important for the England ODI team to beat India in this series if they want to start progressing in this format. I hope they take him to India where it will be much harder to win.......still thinking Trott is a problem at 3.....sorry strike rake of 67 is not good enough....my 1st team...Cook, Prior, Bell, KP, Morgan, Bopara, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Dernbach, Anderson....swap in Finn/Stokes/Kieswetter/Taylor when 2-0 up...simples

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    What has Chris Woakes done to be dropped? Particularly surprising from this set of selectors who have given Bopara, Patel and Wright et al numerous chances to prove how inadequate they are at international level.

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    India are far better side then england in ODI.... lots of big hitters then england... as usal india lacks in bowling department...but still india will win ODI..england are not good at ODI's ...4-1 to india...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 26, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    What? KP is not playing? That's ridiculous. I'm so looking forward to see him in coloured clothing with that interestingly arrogant stroke play and movements around the crease.

  • sudheercric on August 26, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    what ever may be the england team...the younger team India will be the ultimate winner of the series

  • Herbet on August 26, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Not happy about Bopara instead of Taylor! Would like to see him replace Pietersen and have a good run. Prior over Kieswetter too, and let Bell open

  • onkar567 on August 26, 2011, 16:46 GMT

    there is no point in resting kevin pietersen.He is in terrific form.The centuries in 1st and the last test clearly bring into our mind that he can be a very handy and valuable player in the english squad.The Indians are definitely going to benifit from this.they were and will have the upper hand in the odi series because of the unexperienced campaigners coming into the one day international format.The loss to the englishmen was in the tests not odi's.At least they should have kept in mind that they are not playing any underdog but THE WORLD CHAMPIONS!!INDIA WILL BE KEEN TO WIN!Cook is new to the odi captaincy.Pietersen was the experienced one, knowing no collingwood is there.This is just ridiculous.

  • swetank55 on August 26, 2011, 16:44 GMT

    It doesn't matter who plays becaz ultimately INDIA will win..

  • SDHM on August 26, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    In my eyes, it both makes sense and it doesn't - KP's been poor in ODIs for some time (he was Man of the tournament in the World T20, however) and an average of 23 or so over the last two year's isn't good enough. However, he seemed to have rediscovered his old domineering self in the tests, so he has an excellent chance to transfer that to the 50 overs stuff as well. He'll be back in for the ODIs in India you'd think. I don't think it's an excuse to drop him - I get the feeling it's all been extensively worked out between Flower and KP and if he was dead against being rested, he wouldn't be. England will need a fit and firing KP over the winter if they're to score runs quickly enough to win in the UAE and Sri Lanka. Hugely excited to see Buttler and Hales get a go in the T20 - two of the most explosive young batsmen in the country. Give it a thwack boys!

  • on August 26, 2011, 16:21 GMT

    England's T20 squad looks too inexperienced when compared to India. The oneday team is not that good either. Without K.P in the team and having players like Trott and Cook in the team it is going to be tough for England. Their only hope can be the bowling department. It is like this. If England can restrict India below 250 they have a chance else it is going to be a disaster series for England. Hope India avenges its test loss with a good win in ODI win

  • Herath-UK on August 26, 2011, 16:20 GMT

    I'm surprised about KP's drop when he was finding his feet in the Tests;this may dampen his ego badly,he should be encouraged in all forms as he is one of the best.Bopara's inclusion is another mistake. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 26, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Rested ? KP has been pathetic in ODIs last and this year. He has been dropped

  • wiseshah on August 26, 2011, 16:02 GMT

    Without pietersen, strauss, collingwood--india have chance to fight with england

  • Tigg on August 26, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    He's been dropped, whatever they say. Resting a player when the next international series is in the new year is pointless.

    I think it's a good thing though as his ODI form has been poor. This will let Bell bat in a more natural position such as 4 and a big hitter can slot in at 6.

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:55 GMT

    not sure if this is a good move,..probably they want to save him for india's ODI tour... anyway England don't have much of "workload" in coming 2 months...& then there's a well-deserved break of 4 months...

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 26, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    @5wombats: I totally agree with your view on 'playing a second spinner in the subcontinent". There's no point in playing an extra spinner if he is not good enough. If you look at how South Africa and Australia have done well in the subcontinent in the past, it was with the pace bowlers. England's pacers, along with Swann, are good enough to do the same in my opinion.

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    keeping in recent form of KP. he should have been selected for ODI. This may blow english against INDIA in ODis. Out of Bell and Trott, one solid BAt should have been included in T20 to anchor the innings.

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on August 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    Is chris tremlett still injured ? He missed the SL odi series as well seems as if matt prior and tremlett have been categorised by english selectors as test blokes anyway pietersen or no pietersen this england team is just so full of confidence that I dont think we can beat them losing is a habit so is winning and at the moment team india is in deepest of slump and something extraordinary is required to beat'em

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 26, 2011, 15:41 GMT

    I think England will miss an impact player like Pietersen. He is one guy who can accelerate and demolish the opposition, much like Sehwag for India. He's also a useful part time off spinner. So definitely it's a blow for England's chances. England are known to be quite orthodox with their approach to one day cricket. If they are to match India then this is one area they need to improve. Still a very decent squad for England in both T20 and one days. It should be a fascinating series because India will be wanting to win it.

  • fernandotorres on August 26, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    Jos Buttler has what it takes to make it big in the limited overs format!! Hope he grabs this with both hands!!

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    Surprised but delighted that Jos Buttler is getting a recognition - even if he doesn't play.

    Surrey will be surprised - I bet they didn't expect to see much of KP this season.

  • demon_bowler on August 26, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    Can't help thinking this is a mistake, just after KP got back to his old super-confident self in the tests. I know his ODI stats have been poor for three years, but I've a hunch he would have transferred his current test form into the shorter version of the game. As for "resting" him, pull the other one -- this is just window dressing to avoid upsetting the player and avoid another twitter tantrum. He hardly needs to rest for the entire series. The selectors risk denting his confidence again just when he's got it back. On the other hand, it will be nice to have a look at Stokes.

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:17 GMT

    not smart move..trott, cook are not big hitters and if england rest pietersen means lot of burden to other batsmen.. samit patil, bopara must not be in england side, james taylor should be in.now india have a good chance to win odi series.

  • thamishka on August 26, 2011, 15:12 GMT

    peterson should have given a chance. He did well in last series.

  • zuber21886 on August 26, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    a golden chance for india, common show some pride and at least win this for us, on the other side england resting their key players lets see how is it going to go

  • landl47 on August 26, 2011, 15:04 GMT

    I really don't understand resting KP, unless the player himself wanted to be rested- and I've never known a batsman wanting to be rested when he was playing at the top of his form. At least it means that Bell will bat higher than #6. I also don't see the logic of selecting Stokes ahead of Taylor for the ODI squad; it makes some sense in the T20 squad because Stokes is bigger and more powerful, but for ODIs the only advantage Stokes would have is his bowling and he's not fit to bowl! However, hopefully we'll see some of the younger players get a game in both formats. I thought Finn looked very good against Ireland; he's put on some extra pace and looked a tough proposition. I'm sorry there's no place for Woakes, who also bowled and batted well against Ireland.

  • on August 26, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    This is just getting INTERESTING :P in BLOCKS :D

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    He averages less than 23 in ODIs since February 2009

  • 5wombats on August 26, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    Well, this is a bit of a surprise! But I'm for it and the principle behind it. KP seems to have gotten himself back into the zone - and he's a key player this winter, so it's a smart move to rest him while he's back at the top of his game. It's all very well moaning about workloads - like the stupidity of the Ashes/ODI/World Cup last winter - moaning is one thing, if we are serious then action has to follow. So I'm pleased to see this. I wouldn't be surprised to see Anderson get rested at some stage in these ODI's either, for the same reason. Good to finally see Stokes get a go. Bit of a surprise to see Patel - but there's been a lot of chat and maybe he is seen as the second spinner/bat for this winter? But if the Indians take him to the cleaners -??? That's a decent ODI squad - and England hold all the aces with the bowling. Don't care about the T20.

  • johnathonjosephs on August 26, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    Smart system the English have... Other countries should adopt this policy

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    KP has averaged only 20 in ODI's over the last couple of years... tbh I think if England's batting does well in this series then he might find that he doesn't just walk back into the one day team

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 26, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    In my opinion it is more about "confidence" management for Pietersen.....We all know he is in poor form and a bad series in ODI would have some what nullified whatever confidence he gained in tests....

    I think bowlers needed some break......and most of their batsmen except Morgan are not good in ODI's....and yes swann will be "severly" tested by World Champs in upcoming series...

  • Yevghenny on August 26, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    Well I guess that solves the Bell conundrum, in a way. Bell at 4, Morgan 5, although I still think Bell should open and Kieswetter come in at 6.

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Glad to see Butler make the squad. Jason Roy worth a look for the 20/20 soon?

  • Dr.Sanjeev-Sharma on August 26, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Very smart England (read: ECB). You are No. 1 in Tests and are showing the foresight to be No. 1 in other formats of the game. I was wondering if K. Srikkanth (did you know he is the current Indian chairman of selectors?) can at least get a much required refresher course in the art of selection.

  • arunkiran on August 26, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    i think it will be a cake walk for indians to win odis and t20 quite comprehensively with results of 4-1 in favour of india this is my challenge

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 26, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Good decision to leave KP out. But Taylor would have been a better choice than Stokes at this moment. And what happened to Steve Davies? He deserves a few more chances.

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Wright and Lumb are both injured, not dropped.

  • bumsonseats on August 26, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    nice to see buttler but the life of me why kieswetter, 2 wicket keepers ?. i think buttler will make both 1 day teams very soon and be the 1 they groom for the test team when prior retires. he is a cracker of hitter of a cricket ball for a slight guy. but 2 wicket keepers for a 1 off match very puzzling. dpk

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    best of luck boys hope u will repeat what u hve done in test... no way near india to win india only can win at his own country and slow pitches...

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Samit Patel and Ravi Bopara - what do they have to do to be dropped? Awful. Jos Buttler - at least one positive selection.

  • Mephistopheles01 on August 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Finally! No more Luke Wright! That is a good bit of selection from England, although I would probably have opted to include Pietersen at the expense of Bopara. Nice to see some forward thinking though.

  • Rocket_180 on August 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    RIP England ODI Cricket 26/8/11

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    India should win this series.. on paper, they are far better..

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  • on August 26, 2011, 14:04 GMT

    India should win this series.. on paper, they are far better..

  • Rocket_180 on August 26, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    RIP England ODI Cricket 26/8/11

  • Mephistopheles01 on August 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Finally! No more Luke Wright! That is a good bit of selection from England, although I would probably have opted to include Pietersen at the expense of Bopara. Nice to see some forward thinking though.

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Samit Patel and Ravi Bopara - what do they have to do to be dropped? Awful. Jos Buttler - at least one positive selection.

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    best of luck boys hope u will repeat what u hve done in test... no way near india to win india only can win at his own country and slow pitches...

  • bumsonseats on August 26, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    nice to see buttler but the life of me why kieswetter, 2 wicket keepers ?. i think buttler will make both 1 day teams very soon and be the 1 they groom for the test team when prior retires. he is a cracker of hitter of a cricket ball for a slight guy. but 2 wicket keepers for a 1 off match very puzzling. dpk

  • on August 26, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Wright and Lumb are both injured, not dropped.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on August 26, 2011, 14:18 GMT

    Good decision to leave KP out. But Taylor would have been a better choice than Stokes at this moment. And what happened to Steve Davies? He deserves a few more chances.

  • arunkiran on August 26, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    i think it will be a cake walk for indians to win odis and t20 quite comprehensively with results of 4-1 in favour of india this is my challenge

  • Dr.Sanjeev-Sharma on August 26, 2011, 14:25 GMT

    Very smart England (read: ECB). You are No. 1 in Tests and are showing the foresight to be No. 1 in other formats of the game. I was wondering if K. Srikkanth (did you know he is the current Indian chairman of selectors?) can at least get a much required refresher course in the art of selection.