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June 11, 2012
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
Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfoFeeds: Andrew McGlashan
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