West Indies in England 2012

Bell recalled to England one-day squad

Andrew McGlashan

June 11, 2012

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Ian Bell batted fluently to ensure England's chase never lost momentum, England v India, 2nd ODI, Rose Bowl, September 6 2011
Ian Bell is back in England's one-day colours © Getty Images
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Ian Bell has been recalled to the England one-day squad for the series against West Indies following the retirement of Kevin Pietersen. He is the only player who was not involved in the squad that beat Pakistan 4-0 in the UAE earlier this year and will open alongside Alastair Cook.

The squad for the one-off Twenty20 international, led by Stuart Broad, is also as expected with a number of young players retaining their spots. Jos Buttler, the Somerset batsman, and Hampshire left-arm spinner Danny Briggs are included in the 13-man party along with Nottinghamshire's Alex Hales who is likely to get a chance to open in Pietersen's absence.

The national selector, Geoff Miller, said: "We are anticipating a very competitive series against West Indies and are looking to continue to build on the progress we made in limited-overs cricket earlier this year against Pakistan. Kevin Pietersen's recent decision to retire from one-day cricket means we now start looking at other options available to us as we prepare to defend our World Twenty20 title and look towards next year's Champions Trophy and the 2015 World Cup."

With the selectors largely maintaining consistency since England's last limited-overs cricket in the UAE it means there are no places for other in-form county players such as Stuart Meaker from Surrey, the Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry or Durham allrounder Ben Stokes.

In both squads Craig Kieswetter will continue his role as wicketkeeper and he was another option to open alongside Cook having played much of his career in that role. Kieswetter dropped down the order in the ODIs against Pakistan when Pietersen was moved up the order.

Ravi Bopara, who was ruled out of the Test series against West Indies with injury, is also included and will hope for a chance to stake his claims ahead of the South Africa Test series. He has returned to county cricket in good form with hundreds in the CB40 and County Championship over the last week.

Following Pietersen's retirement a key figure in England's batting order will be Eoin Morgan who endured a tough tour of the UAE before being dropped from the Test side. However, his one-day place was not in serious doubt even though he did not play a match during the IPL and made a belated start to his domestic season. After a tough start for Middlesex he returned to form in style with a 49-ball century against Lancashire in the CB40.

With an eye on the World T20 defence in Sri Lanka later this year the Twenty20 squad includes three spinners with Briggs alongside Samit Patel and Graeme Swann. James Anderson, who was rested for the final Test against West Indies, makes the one-day party but not the T20 squad.

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

T20 squad Stuart Broad (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann

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Posted by vrn59 on (June 13, 2012, 20:45 GMT)

My Eng XI: AN Cook (C), IR Bell, IJL Trott, EJG Morgan, RS Bopara, C Kieswetter (wk), SR Patel, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, ST Finn.

Unfortunately, there's no room for JM Bairstow, JC Buttler and even JM Anderson.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 13, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (June 13 2012, 06:14 AM GMT) I have said myself that Bell is the sort of player who should do well in this format but for whatever reason does not. I didn't notice his CB40 inns. My opinions are from watching players like Bell , Cook , Trott and Bopara continually stagmate the runrate and put too much pressure on the lower order. At least Cook seems to have addressed this problem and Trott does go on to score well and Bopara can bowl some useful overs. Even vs India in the last WC when Bell scored well , his SR never increased and Strauss was the player who kept Eng up with the runrate.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 13, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

@JG2704 on (June 12 2012, 15:24 PM GMT), just one correction, Bell did score 82 not out off 84 for Warks against Northants in the CB40 on May 6. I do like Bell but I can't argue that his ODI record is not great. I've said on several occasions that I think that he should open but, like you, I didn't actually realise how many times he had done so before. As someone else commented recently, Bell seems like someone who should be successful in ODIs but just hasn't been. Regardless, he's in the team and looks as though he's going to be opening and I'm not against that. What I will say though is that this should probably be his last opportunity. Give him the WI series at least and maybe the Australia series too. If he still can't crack it then I'd say that it's time to put his ODI career in mothballs for good and move on. If he does play against Australia then one of RandyOZ and myself are going to have something to say at the end of it.

Posted by Meety on (June 13, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

@whatawicket - mate, then why is his ave so low OUTSIDE England? FYI - Clarke averages over 50 in England. For a bloke who bats 75% of his time in the top 3, to only have hit 1 ton in 44 games - is pretty underwhelming. As for giving you stats, they are pretty easy to look up yourself so you can support any claims you make!

Posted by JG2704 on (June 12, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

@whatawicket on (June 12 2012, 12:06 PM GMT)/TheHoneymonster - Re Buttler - I do feel he looked out of his depth but I also feel that he always came in during tough situations , Mostly overseas and mostly too near the end where the pressure was on him to produce fireworks against experienced OD bowlers from the word go. I can't criticise them for dropping him but I'd rather see a Hamilton Brown or another untried player rather than a guy who has played a multitude of games before and never looked like doing it - even when he's been immense in the test arena.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 12, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

CS -Hello. Yes it is me. I don't want to come across as Villageblacksmith's cone because I actually like Bell but his stats are poor and even when he has been purring in the test arena he has still been poor in the OD side.It was only a few months ago when Bell was thee worst of a bad lot of batsmen in UAE and SL and having played no ODI cricket for Eng (or Warwicks as far as I'm aware) and he's suddenly back in? Bell has started to play well again in the test side and while I still have doubts - as I do about the batting line up as a whole - I think he has proven that he deserves to be starting the SA series.But it is like VB says , he was dropped and what has he done since being dropped from ODIs to merrit getting back in? I'm not saying he's the worst player to be selected but to me his proven form (both in average and SR) over 100 ODIs is enough to justify my comments. I know it's like for like in experience but for me that's where it ends.

Posted by   on (June 12, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

Couple of good names missing... Woakes?!?!

Posted by rayfanatics on (June 12, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

For once I agree with randyOz :)

Posted by SDHM on (June 12, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

VillageBlacksmith - I don't think he's in until the next World Cup; I very much get the feeling that this summer is Bell's last chance. I've already said who I think should have been at the top of the order, but I can see why they went with Bell; our limited overs batting is very green and fresh faced at the moment, and they probably wanted someone with experience to replace KP instead of another youngster. Aand Whatawicket - couldn't disagree more! I think WI start as favourites, maybe not in the T20, but most definitely in the ODIs. A lot of proven class has joined the squad, and there are several questions over England still. It virtually all depends on the pitches; if they're similar to the seaming ones we had at this time of year against Sri Lanka, England will probably win. If they're flatter (and more like the sort of pitch we should be playing on in preparation for the World Cup) then I fancy the West Indies to win, possibly even 3-0.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 12, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

@RandyOZ on (June 12 2012, 10:07 AM GMT), you're right, if only we England fans had the luxury of calling for Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja to return to our team with their magnificent... Sorry, I couldn't even finish typing that for laughing.

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