Patel and Kieswetter earn England recalls
Samit Patel and Craig Kieswetter have been recalled to England's Twenty20 and ODI squads for the matches against Sri Lanka. Steven Finn is a surprise selection in both teams while James Anderson has kept his one-day place after being dropped during the World Cup but isn't in the Twenty20 side.
Ravi Bopara has been named for both formats despite a slump in form since not being selected for the Test series against Sri Lanka while Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes have earned call-ups, but there is surprisingly no place for Chris Tremlett. The Twenty20 and ODIs mark the real start of England's three-captain policy as Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook take charge of the limited-overs sides.
The most notable recall is Nottinghamshire's Patel, a punishing middle-order batsman and handy spinning allrounder, whom England had been desperate to call upon for the World Cup. However, his persistent failure to meet England's exacting fitness standards told against him, and it is only now, after a feisty start to the county season, that he has come back into favour.
"Samit Patel has taken significant steps in the right direction and he has more hard work ahead in order to make further progress," Geoff Miller, the national selector, said. "Samit is one of a number of players, like Craig Kieswetter, who comes back into the limited-overs set up on the back of some excellent form and plenty of hard work. Craig has been in exciting form for Somerset so far this year and while Matt Prior has been outstanding in the Test team we believe Craig will offer some real fire power with the bat along with his ability with the gloves.
"The Twenty20 squad will obviously be led by Stuart Broad who is extremely excited by the prospect of captaining his country in such a dynamic form of the game," Miller added. "Stuart has a young and powerful side at his disposal and will be looking to build a team for the next World Twenty20 tournament where England will obviously be defending world champions."
Kieswetter's return had been widely tipped at the expense of Matt Prior. Despite continuing to dominate in Test cricket, Prior has never cracked one-day cricket batting in a variety of positions throughout the top order. Kieswetter burst to prominence during England's World Twenty20 victory in the Caribbean last May, but was found out by the moving ball during his subsequent ODI appearances.
In his absence the wicketkeeping gloves were passed first to Steve Davies, and then back to Prior, when it became clear that England missed his energy and expertise behind the stumps. However, with the bat, he has consistently struggled to reproduce the free-flowing form that has marked his Test career, and Kieswetter's ability to clear the in-field in the Powerplay overs is an asset worth revisiting. In the Twenty20 he will link back up with his World Twenty20 partner Michael Lumb after the Hampshire left hander was recalled.
The notable omissions of players involved at the World Cup are Ajmal Shahzad who has been struggling for form with Yorkshire and Tim Bresnan who is only going to resume playing this week after injury. Luke Wright is also dropped from the 50-over team while James Tredwell's career high looks like it'll remain the match-winning display against West Indies.
It also appears to be the end of Paul Collingwood's career after he was left out of both squads. He scored a hundred for Durham on Tuesday, but both teams named by England have a push towards youth and Collingwood is at the wrong end of the age spectrum.
Collingwood recently returned from a two-month break following knee surgery, an operation which he said has put a new spring back into his step. But despite his undeniable value to the team as an elder statesman, canny medium-pacer and lightning sharp fielder in the gully, the extent to which his runs dried up in the winter was alarming. He managed 83 in five Ashes Tests, and a further 114 in eight sporadic ODI appearances, and by the time of England's World Cup quarter-final elimination by Sri Lanka, he was no longer a member of their first-choice team.
Miller, though, hasn't closed the door on him. "Paul Collingwood has been an inspirational limited overs cricketer for England over many years and we still see a role for him in this capacity based on form and fitness," he said. "His omission is purely down to form over a period of time and we look forward to him getting plenty of cricket under his belt for Durham as he presses to reclaim a place in the England limited overs set up.
"He has always brought a great deal to the England team and we know he'll be working as hard as ever to reach peak form and fitness with an England recall firmly in the forefront of his mind."
Twenty20 squad Stuart Broad (capt), Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.
One-day squad Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.