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.

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

Been there, tried him, move on... Jelly Belly has been tried in every position in 108 odis... including opening 28 times... he has repeatedly failed (only 1 ton in 108 odis is garbage) and was rightly dropped. From nowhere (he hasn't played an odi since being dropped obv) he is back in again... as an opener... apparently until WC 2015! It just does not make sense does it... how can Jelly Belly go from being dropped to being straight back in as opener? Either the decision to drop him was wrong,( it wasn't... his form at every batting position was poor), or this decision is wrong and therefore the selection (and selection panel) lacks credibility and if Jelly Belly fails the selectors should fall on their sword like Gooch & Gatting over Hick...

Posted by whatawicket on (June 12, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

JG2704 i believe buttler to be a good batter and will get better if a year or so. was a Lords last year to see the 40 overs final. on what was a pitch that batting 1st was quite tricky. he played a great knock of 80 or so, very mature and hes a big hitter of a cricket ball. we have a number of young guys who will i hope come good in a couple of years. i myself have no problems with the squad named and think we should beat the WI in the 50 overs. but the T20s i think we will be pushed to beat them. but its a game of luck and a 2 house race you never know.

Posted by whatawicket on (June 12, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

meety if these better players had to play 50% of the odis games in this counrty then maybe their strike rate / and scoring would not be so good. as you are the 1 for telling us stats etc im sure you can give us these.

Posted by SDHM on (June 12, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

Those talking about Taylor would do well to remember the last year or so and England's upcoming itinerary; with a World T20 in Sri Lanka and one day games in India coming up, it's worth pointing out Taylor had a wretched winter with the Lions on the subcontinent, whilst the likes of Hales, Root, Buttler, Kieswetter and Bairstow all impressed at various points. A couple of others to talk about; Shah won't get back into the side unless he has a barnstorming domestic T20. He's a fantastic T20 batsman, but his fielding and running are liabilities. The frustrating omission is Woakes; I mentioned Buttler didn't look ready, but Woakes immediately looked at home when he came in in Australia. An excellent bowler and fine big hitting batsman - he should be played higher up the order for Warks, he's too often left not out - he should be in the side soon. I know he's just coming back from injury, but I'd have been tempted to give him a run-out in this series.

Posted by SDHM on (June 12, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

JG - Buttler will get his chance, but it just looked like he was thrown in a bit early in the UAE. He just needs a bit more time, although to be fair he was expected to come in and smack the ball around against Ajmal and Hafeez straight away, so it was always going to be difficult for him. Still think Davies or Carberry would have been a better pick than Bell - Davies is naturally explosive and a solid keeper, and Carberry is busy and aggressive, as well as an absolutely superb fielder, which shouldn't be overlooked. Agree with those talking about Dernbach - Meaker is a better bet in the 50 over game and with Finn and Broad would make an electric attack. Dernbach needs to bowl more consistently; his greatest T20 strength - his variations - are his biggest weakness in the longer forms.

Posted by Meety on (June 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

@whatawicket - mate Bell is quite poor as an ODI batsmen. Sometimes stats can lie, but other times they are spot on. Of the 50 highest ODI runscorers of the last 10 yrs, Ian Bell has the 41st best average, of the 9 batsmen his ave is superior to, only Taibu & Ashraful have inferior S/Rates. If Bell had only played 50 ODIs - I'd say give him a chance to blossom, he has had the chance to bat in the top 3 positions in almost 3/4 of his ODI innings, (the best spots for averages) & barely averages 35 @ a S/R around 74, which is poor. The only frontline side he has good batting stats against is India. He should of delivered by now after 100+ games, he hasn't & probably never will.

Posted by RandyOZ on (June 12, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

The fact that Bell has made it into the team is sad news for English fans, but I suppose as Bairstow has shown the talent is very scare in England.

Posted by whatawicket on (June 12, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

with the use of 2 bowls per innings, in the uk a test match starting order me thinks should be the norm. in the forums its stated that bell with a batting average of 32 is poor, then when you check what the batting averages of the power players of the WI other than Gayle, Bell's is as good if not better. most of the so called power players of the world have found it hard to do in the UK with only a few come to mind. bell is no KP but the guy has qualities that KP has not. i feel sorry for him as most seem to follow the few in putting him down as a test/odi player even on here a guys telling us that averages don't always tell the truth but at 32 in odi and a test average of close to 48. if writers on here look at their own countrymens averages which are similar and its quite a surprise. his demeanor may let him down is the only thing i could say against him which gives people the wrong impression

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (June 12, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

@JG, I don't know if this is really you because your comments are so uncharactersitically OTT. "Never been so disappointed..." In my estimation this means that you have been an England supporter for no more than 12 months, which I find hard to believe! I can recall some ODI squads of the post-Fletcher era that were so odd that NO ONE defended them. As selections go, this one makes a lot of sense. Base it on the successful team ffrom the UAE that has a number of younger players in it already. Replace your experienced player with another experienced player: you don't have another KP, so don't expect one to appear and you don't throw in yet another youngester and expect him to fill KP's shoes. The current crop of selectors uses their sense, they have a side that won 4-0, you do NOT make wholesale changes (what message would that send?) If the side plays badly now, you then try 1 or 2 alternatives, not a full 11. And to the poster who says that Ravi is a blocker... have you seen him play?

Posted by JG2704 on (June 12, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Personally I still like Jos Buttler. Maybe a bit of Somerset bias here , but what I like about Jos is that by the term "getting yourself in" Jos seems to look to score singles , rotating the strike and keeping the scoreboard moving until he feels ready to accelerate. I feel others seem more prone to stall at the beginning part of their innings and this means it puts more pressure on the lower order to play silly shots straight away in order to try and make up for the lack of RPO before them

Posted by JG2704 on (June 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

@Tigg on (June 11 2012, 16:26 PM GMT) Luke Wright is inconsistent these days.I like the guy but last time he was in the T20 side they seemed to have no trust in him with bat or ball - not bowling him and then batting him down at 7 or 8

Posted by JG2704 on (June 12, 2012, 8:17 GMT)

Re Shah - I'd say a big no. On his day he can be magnificent but surely even in the IPL he only had one or 2 great performances and the rest were mediocre. Also he can't bowl and his fielding is mediocre and I've heard he's not always the best team man.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 12, 2012, 7:07 GMT)

@SamRoy on (June 12 2012, 05:53 AM GMT), everyone keeps saying "where's Taylor" but it has been said over and over that he has had a poor trot with the Lions and in CC division 1 so he has not justified selection. He was originally left out of the EPP for that reason but, with a few good innings just recently, has been added to that squad. That means that the selectors are still considering him seriously and some consistency for the rest of the domestic season could well see him in the national team.

Posted by sony_sr on (June 12, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

galye, pollard, bravo vs cook, trott, bell. its like world test eleven vs world t20 eleven :)

Posted by SamRoy on (June 12, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Well, no James Taylor for ODIs and no Owais Shah for T20s. I can bet that with the team announced for T20s, if the same team plays in Sri Lanka for the T20 World Cup they are not going to retain it. Since Kiewetter is not consistent, England needed Shah and Pietersen for further explosiveness. England's bowling is pretty good even though Dernbach can be expensive if he experiments too much. Anyway, when are England planning on playing James Taylor? Even though he is young (not too young) he looks the most talented batsman in England after Pietersen and Bell and unlike Bell in ODIs he doesn't get bogged down.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 12, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

Woakes and SDavies(As opener) should have been obvious choices.. Shah in T20 squad could have been better.. Having too many new faces might work both ways.. They might surprise the opponents but at the same time, might falter at crucial times too.. They got too many nurdlers but not that much enforcers.. If Morgan can be back to his best, he can compensate for that.. Bairstow looks just like a flash in the pan.. Doesn't look too good in terms of consistency and pressure batting..

Posted by venkatesh018 on (June 12, 2012, 5:03 GMT)

Why no James Taylor? Is he injured ? He looks the best of the younger lot

Posted by prannsshu on (June 12, 2012, 2:57 GMT)

well... m from india nd m a big english cricket fan..... bt inclusion of Bell????? don't england have any other opening batsmen ??? bell... i mean how many accumulator you needed in 50 overs cricket.. you have trott, bopara, cook already... bad selection.. CK can open... Ravi had done it in past.. Why Bell???? About Ravi Bopara.. well i think he is the most underused ALL ROUNDER.. He can deliver it with balls too... the t20 squad is too young.. nd dont have much experience of SL... england need KP for defending their title of world t20 for sure.. BOPARA will be the key in World T20 also.. he can play spinners well... i just wanna ask 1 que to all english fans.. Why you always call BOPARA overrated??? i know his international record is not best bt has he ever clear with what's his role in team.. u opened with him. make him no.3 batted at no.8/9 without using him as a bowler (in 2008 tour of india) now atlast he get a position at no. 4 nd he's doing welll there.... so why over rated ???

Posted by Yoker111 on (June 12, 2012, 2:08 GMT)

KP and Owais should be in the T20 squad...dafaq.

Posted by Meety on (June 12, 2012, 1:40 GMT)

Not going to bag Bell's Test credentials, they are quite good with some question marks he'll need to address before his playing days are over. As an ODI batsmen, I think he is quite poor. An ave of 34 at a S/R of 73 is below what a frontline batsmen should produce. England's biggest ODI problem IMO is the mix of the batsmen. ATM - Cook & Trott are playing well, but tend to be more accumulators (admit that Cook's S/R of 80 is very good), KP was a great foil as his ave & S/R was good. A lot will rest on Morgan & he'll possibly need to slot down @ #5. Kiesweitter's S/R is very good, but with a sub 30 ave, he is really either a #7 batsmen or a pinch hitter. I'd go 1. Cook, 2. Bairstow w/k, 3. Trott, 4. Taylor, 5. Morgan, 6. Carberry, 7. Patel, 8. Swann, 9. Woakes, 10, Finn, 11. Shahzad.

Posted by ruester on (June 11, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

One of the most consistent t20 players England has is Owais Shah, he must of done something very wrong in the selectors eyes to be overlooked. Would of loved to see Ben Stokes having a go, I think he is right up there in terms of ability and talent.

Posted by JG2704 on (June 11, 2012, 22:14 GMT)

@TheHoneymonster/cabinet96 - Agree with both your comms. Even if they were giving up on Buttler then there are other better bets. Cook has to play as he's captain. In an ideal world I'd have Hamilton Brown as captain and have Davies opening with him. Surrey were pretty much unbeatable under RHBs leadership last year and I feel Davies is a better WK/BM than CK. I honestly feel that having Bell,Cook,Bopara and Trott in the same side is too many accumulators. I don't think I've ever felt so disappointed with an England selection

Posted by JG2704 on (June 11, 2012, 22:03 GMT)

@jmcilhinney on (June 11 2012, 15:35 PM GMT) Hasn't Bell opened (either in ODIs or T20s before and failed? Huge backwards step for me. We have Cook , Trott and Bopara as accumulators. If we have too many accumulators in the same side the rurrate goes nowhere and if they use up too many overs then it puts too much pressure on those coming in down the order.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

why don't they include Jos Buttler or James Vince from Hampshire in d squad in d squad in place of bairstow

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Bopara is most overrated player ever.Why not Stokes is getting or I think JJ Roy is a good T20 hitter.Steve Davies was in Test Squad Since Three series Why he is not in One Day.Stuart Meaker is better than Steven Finn

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

where is woakes andtaylor they are the best England future Players

Posted by segga-express on (June 11, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Dernbach's not good enough for ODIs - economy rate of 6.08 is far too high. My XI would be Cook, Bopara, Trott, Morgan, Buttler, Bairstow (wk), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson and Finn. Buttler is a better middle order player than Kieswetter and Bopara has played well as an opener for Essex. Morgan could benefit from facing more balls, getting in earlier could allow him to work the middle overs and set up the final assault

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (June 11, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

The last time Bell played as an opener he seemed quite at home, quite happy to loft the ball and hit down the ground, and as such I hope he is used to partner Cook. He is probably the most logical replacement, without the selectors having to dip into the unknown. along with one or two I would have liked to see Taylor in. I cannot understand how Dernbach gets into the Surrey 1sts let alone an England side,as he haemorrhages more than a Hapsburg. re Morgan- is he just too much the mercenary. Can we quite trust him? Bopara is going to have step up and really take responsibility in this side and be a big run scorer. Now should be his time. Should win 2-1 at least.

Posted by SDHM on (June 11, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Would have liked to see Davies get a go in all honesty - he opens in limited overs cricket for Surrey with aplomb, and is a better keeper than either Kieswetter or Bairstow. Bell has played 108 games and can't seem to crack it, so why should he get another chance? That said, you can't help but feel Bell SHOULD be a good ODI player - he hits the gaps so beautifully in test cricket and uses his feet to the spinners (when they're not called Warne or Ajmal!) that you feel he should be successful. Last chance saloon this summer for him in ODIs I feel. Now KP is gone Morgan is our best ODI player and has regained form for Middlesex, so it's right he stays in. Davies and Carberry can count themselves unlucky when it comes the the opening slot though.

Posted by Midonoff on (June 11, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

My message to England bowlers, if you don't get chris gayle out in the first 10 overs well it's curtains as west indies have power hitters through out their batting line up and a daunting 320 or 340 could be on score cards every time through out this series. Shame KP isn't playing.

Posted by Tigg on (June 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Will someone please tell me why Luke Wright isn't in the T20 side?

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

following the retirement of Kevin Pietersen????? Has KP retired from ODIs??

Posted by cabinet96 on (June 11, 2012, 16:01 GMT)

Terrible move. Bell has failed time after time in ODI's. And just when I thought they'd made progress by dropping him in the Pakistan ODI's (which we won) When are they gonna give Buttler a reasonable chance?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 11, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

I'm sure Bell's inclusion will cause some discussion but I've been saying for some time that I think that he would make a good ODI opener. Obviously not in the same mould as KP but with a little more time to settle than he usually gets coming in down the order, I think his style could well reap rewards. I reckon that #3 might be his best spot but that seems to be Trott's without question, so opening it is. I think that they should give him this series and if it doesn't work out then probably go back to Kieswetter, who didn't exactly do that much wrong. In opening with someone other than Kieswetter, you have to factor in his relative performance as well as his replacement. If Bell does no better than Kieswetter at the top of the order while Kieswetter does worse down the order then it's a net loss, so you're better off opening with Kieswetter and replacing Bell down the order with someone who's more a hitter.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

this is alright but england need a power player at the top when we go away from home. in england with two new bowls this squad works.

Posted by Hattrick_Capes on (June 11, 2012, 15:17 GMT)

No Taylor. No Stokes. No Davies.

Dernbach and Morgan in. Disappointing.

Posted by Khali_Singh on (June 11, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

Best XI 1.Cook,2.Kieswetter,3.Trott/Bell,4.Bopara,5.Morgan,6.Bairstow,7.Patel/Bresnan,8.Broad,9.Swann,10.Finn,11.Anderson/Dernbach. Bell and Trott offers the same thing and do we really need two spinner hence the case for Bresnan. Bopara,Morgan,Bairstow could be good in the powerplay and end overs. If we could remember a certain Bairstow last summer had a good outing and there is not too many short ball in ODI. Anderson/Dernbach could be a rotational thing!

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

Sorry, you have THREE to open with Cook. Bell, Hales & Keiswetter!!!

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Andrew McGlashan,: Make up your mind. Who, do you think is likely to open with Cook? Bell. or Hales?

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

Andrew McGlashan,: Make up your mind. Who, do you think is likely to open with Cook? Bell. or Hales?

Posted by Charlie101 on (June 11, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

I am afraid that the 20/20 squad does not look like a squad that can win the world cup again this year. Whilst I realise it is a step backwards Owais Shah should be in the side after his excellent display in IPL 2012 . When WI beat us as they look very strong in this format , it may promote some common sense and start the ECB and KP talking so he is available for the 20/20 finals.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Kieswetter, Dernbach and Trott are all South African not English and shouldn't really be in the England squad. This is actually an insult to the English Cricket players who are dreaming to play for England this is simply not on because you have to be born in the country to be representing your national team not your mother or father is of English decent or anything it doesn't make sense. The only circumstance in which such things is allowed is that you were born somewhere ie. holiday.vacation but immediately returned to your respective country and lived there all the way through.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

Kieswetter, Dernbach and Trott are all South African not English and shouldn't really be in the England squad. This is actually an insult to the English Cricket players who are dreaming to play for England this is simply not on because you have to be born in the country to be representing your national team not your mother or father is of English decent or anything it doesn't make sense. The only circumstance in which such things is allowed is that you were born somewhere ie. holiday.vacation but immediately returned to your respective country and lived there all the way through.

Posted by Heisenburg on (June 11, 2012, 14:58 GMT)

Bairstow, Bell, Bopara, Dernsbach, Morgan, Patel And England wonders why they're so bad at ODI's!

At the very least get rid of Dernsbach, England have great fast bowling depth, why play this useless guy? And also Bairstow, useless playing 2 wicketkeepers, and there are much better batsmen.

Posted by SomersetJord on (June 11, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Oh. Hardly a 'like for like' replacement is it? We're screwed me thinks...

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