South Africa in England 2012

Broad rested for one-day series

Andrew McGlashan

August 21, 2012

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Ravi Bopara struck the winning runs, England v Australia, 4th ODI, Chester-le-Street, July 7, 2012
Ravi Bopara will prepare for the one-day series by playing for Gloucestershire © Getty Images
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Stuart Broad has been rested from the one-day series against South Africa ahead of the World Twenty20 where he will be captain.

Broad, whose lack of pace during the Test series was highlighted although he finished as England's leading wicket-taker, will return to lead the team in the three-match Twenty20 series against South Africa before the squad departs for Sri Lanka.

He is the only notable absentee from the one-day squad - Kevin Pietersen's continued exclusion was not a surprise - which beat Australia 4-0 earlier in the season, a result which helped England to the top of the ODI rankings.

Chris Woakes, the Warwickshire allrounder who has been around numerous squads this season, will hope that Broad's absence will open the way for him.

Ravi Bopara is back in the England set-up after pulling out of the Test series against South Africa due to personal issues. He returned for Essex at the weekend, making 1 against Netherlands in the CB40, and an agreement has been reached for him to play for Gloucestershire against the South Africans in a 50-over match at Bristol on Wednesday to help him prepare for the series.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said: "We are grateful to both Essex and Gloucestershire for agreeing to allow Ravi Bopara to play for Gloucestershire against South Africa on Wednesday. Ravi has had some time away from the game and we feel that he will benefit from some extra cricket ahead of the start of the NatWest Series and with no games for Essex before we begin our preparations for the first match this is an ideal opportunity for him.

"All players in the 14-man NatWest ODI Series squad were involved in the recent series victory against Australia. We will be looking for this side to build on the recent success we have had and to show further signs of improvement against a strong South Africa side."

Squad Alastair Cook (capt) James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

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Posted by JG2704 on (August 23, 2012, 20:36 GMT)

@Crass on (August 22 2012, 18:40 PM GMT) Chris has explained himself thoroughly as to why he thought England could still have won that 2nd test had it gone the distance. He didn't say they definitely would win did he? You then come out with the "How long have you been watching cricket for?" remark to which he replied and then you go and accuse him of thinking his views are more binding than yours. He's not said that has he? He gave reasons why he thought Eng might win and you gave reasons why you thought SA would win. Both valid enough , just that Chris isn't making out that your opinion is worthless just because it differs from his. Please publish , nothing offensive here.

Posted by MAK123 on (August 23, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

When will Meaker get his chance? I wonder...

Posted by Supersax on (August 22, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

InsideHedge, I think you'll find that some of Warwickshire's rivals have suffered far more from the whims of the ECB selectors, the weather and injury than Warwickshire. Particularly Notts and Somerset.I know that Notts had 9 players unavailable for their last Championship match against Durham, and will of course be without Broad, Swann, Patel, Hales and Lumb for the last match of the season against Warwickshire, who will be missing...er...no-one. If anything, Warwickshire have been very lucky in this respect.

Posted by cover_drive12345 on (August 22, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

What I don't understand is why people are still saying that Stuart Broad was back-stabbing KP when he said nothing and took no part in the parody account...also of course, how can a player who was the highest wicket taker of the series and the highest wicket taker of 2012 so far really be anywhere near the international set-up? Players doesn't run by speed guns...

Posted by   on (August 22, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Even as a diehard Surrey supporter, I'm astonished that Dernbach's been given yet another chance. After 15 ODIs his economy rate stands at a whopping 6.07 RPO & he can hardly be described as a top strike bowler either: 20 wickets at 38 apiece, the vast majority coming in the slogathons of the final 10 overs. Why not provide a little more seam variety by including Hampshire's left-arm swinger Chris Wood, the excellent Toby Roland-Jones of Middlesex or Surrey's own Stuart Meaker instead? Like many others, I'm also mystified by Matt Prior's continued exclusion. He's one of the cleanest hitters in international cricket, is in magnificent form &, by common consent, is the top keeper/batsman in the world. Impressive though Kieswetter's been recently, he's simply not in the same league as Prior. On the plus side, though, at least Chris Woakes has been selected at last. Let's hope England play him in all five ODIs.

Posted by Meety on (August 22, 2012, 0:34 GMT)

@InsideHedge - I agree that the ODIs between Oz & Eng were of no value, wedged in between the WIndies & Saffa series, but it should be that County cricket serves the purposes of the National side. I think Woakes is the best young talent in England, (probably the best uncapped Test prospect in the world), so surely you should be putting England's needs first? I do admit, it would be annoying if Woakes does NOT get a game & remains unavailable for County stints. @Charlie Ellis - that's what I was thinking with the Oz v Eng ODI series. I think the management of the players needs to be looked at (seperate from the KP issue).

Posted by JG2704 on (August 21, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

@InsideHedge -Tell you what you can have Woakes for every game for the rest of the season if your guys can take some of the rainclouds(which stalked my team Somerset throughout this season)We have had 1 defeat (against your guys which we reversed) and all other games which have not been rain affected we've won.Of all the rain affected games only one have we definitely looked like losing (vs Middx) and all the others (inc 2 against fellow title contenders Notts which we were well on top in) so I feel alot more aggrieved.Plus Tres being out for most of the season and I think Nicko might have picked up an injury (not even playing for Somerset)and we've lost Craig a few times too not to mention the Overton's (U19WC) Alf (IPL) Kirby (injury) , Dockrell (u19) etc.Sorry for the rant and I hope (as it looks likely due to lack of playing time) if Somerset don't win it your team does as these 2 teams have been the best , difference being Warwicks have had the opportunities to actually play.

Posted by anuradea on (August 21, 2012, 19:38 GMT)

It is amazing how Prior can not find place in this England team. He by now knows the SA bowling and should have been an automatic choice. His strike rate in tests was over 60 and has all the shots to increase it given the freedom to do so. Also, he plays spin very well and would have been useful in the middle overs. Amazing how the form of a player is not accounted for by the selectors!!!!

Posted by SamRoy on (August 21, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

Broad sure is the blue eyed boy of England and ICC. Has all kinds of tantrums on the pitch, gets away it, backstabs England's best player, gets away with it, bowls well once in a blue moon, never gets dropped, gets the most rest, and unlike others can choose to rest whenever he likes. I am pretty sure if ICC and England want a brand ambassador for cricket they will choose Stuart Broad.... When he first entered the scene I actually liked him but now he is becoming unbearable. Come to think of it, I think I hate Ponting less than I hate Broad.

Posted by Guernica on (August 21, 2012, 13:47 GMT)

@ShankarKR people said exactly the same before the series against 'world number one' ODI outfit Australia. And guess what? England won that series 4-0. South Africa are a better side so this is going to be tougher, but there's no logic to your prediction.

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