England news September 2, 2011

No one is guaranteed a place - Cook

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alastair Cook, England's ODI captain, has warned his team-mates that "no player is guaranteed a place in his side" as England prepare for the one-day series against India that starts on Saturday.

Kevin Pietersen is being rested for this series and reports emerged on Friday that he will not play for England until January - which would rule him out of the tour to India in October. Pietersen made just two ODI half-centuries in the previous two years but the England management insisted he had been rested, and not dropped, from the current series.

"Kevin's omission is part of our policy of monitoring the workload of players."' Cook told the Daily Mail. "He also has a wrist injury that has to be sorted out. It gives a fantastic opportunity for someone else at four, but Kevin is very much part of our one-day future."

Yet Cook told reporters, "There is no guarantee for anything, because we haven't had that selection meeting for India," and when asked if he would prefer someone like Pietersen in his side, Cook repeated "There's no guarantee for anything."

Pietersen's absence was an opportunity for Ben Stokes to come into the squad, though it is more likely that Ravi Bopara will feature down the order and Ian Bell be promoted. Unlike the Test arena, where Bell has made himself into one of the best in the world, he is yet to seal his spot in England's one-day team.

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  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    @Allan Harrison, ODI's are not basically the forms to be considered. Test is the pinacle.

  • puneet on September 3, 2011, 15:53 GMT

    Dear fellow Indian Team Fans and Indian Team's Critics- " lets stop arguing about petty stuff- If you ask me- every team goes through rough patch- I feel that the present Indian Team and even the new youngsters who are coming through the ranks are proving to be potential match winners- I see the brighter side of things where Indian Team is going to soon dominate the world cricket and they are going to do in style- They have already started till the rain interruption- They will ruin England's Team Party and it will bleed blue again...!!!

  • Don on September 3, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Well one place that should be reviewed is that of Keiswetter, we have the best wicket keeper/batsman in the world in Prior.....just open with Bell & pop Prior back in to bat after Morgan, not the best move by England.

  • Alan on September 3, 2011, 11:34 GMT

    @Khan Ahsan Habib: "India are yet to win in Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka." They have won one-day series very recently in two of those locations (i.e., won series in Australia and Sri Lanka in 2008). And one-day cricket is what is about to be played. @PaddyRasta "There's no point making excuses for a team that did not even show up in the 5-0 whitewash." Apologies I think in common with the rest of the world I must have slept through the "fifth test". India played badly in the test series, but England are a mediocre fifth in the world in one-day cricket. Cook is right that no current England player should be guaranteed a place in the one-day team - simply because they haven't been playing one-day cricket very well.

  • Thank You on September 3, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    building castles in the sky....

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    LISTEN GUYS...england won the ashes 2-1 and 3-1 against australia and in the same tour got a thrashing of 1-6,1-6 by the australians in the ODIs...so as far as your "depth in every department" is concerned,you can keep it to yourself.:D and england might have become the no 1 test team,but it will take a lot of effort from your players to maintain their stay.I don't think english bowlers can do anything when it's not swinging.In your AND if geoff boycott calls a spade a spade,then please crown your Nasser Husain with some befitting title for his foul-mouthed comment. Guys,show some respect to SRT...he has seen generations of english playing before him,The amount of centuries he has scored(99) and his generosity of character goes on to show that he is a class apart. Andy Flower(england coach) himself once said:"There are 2 types of batsmen in this world.One-sachin tendulkar and two-all the other." And Mr 5wombats:wrath would do no good.Stats would.:P

  • Martin on September 3, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster; You've got to know that I was directly going after @Nitin Singh's comments - and not having a poke at the generality of India fans who, like you know, know good cricket when they see it. I wanted to show that the diametric opposite of what @Nitin Singh says is true. I often use quotes or inversions to demonstrate a point and no offence was intended.

  • Charles on September 3, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    @ 5wombats ... Agreed that India just did not turn up as the No. 1 test side in the world when they faced Englad and the drubbing that they received was a humuliation. It's a one off bad series and you just cannot belittle India's achievement in the last three to four years. They have never been the kind of dominating side that the erstwhile Aus and Windies sides have been...but they have faught tooth and nail for their victories. They might not be the most flamboyant of sides with huge wins to show...but they have show the stomach for a fight. Yes...for the England side....this is probably the best side in years...especially because all these years England have not even produced a side that can be called mediocore...forget calling them average. After this English side wins across the world in all conditions...you would get your bragging rights....as of now..you are good...better prepared than the Indians...but only time would tell where you guys reach from here.

  • Akhil on September 3, 2011, 5:08 GMT

    I agree with CptMeanster, very balanced comment. No doubt, India has not played well at all in tests and on the other hand Eng have been fantastic. Although, I dont doubt this is the best English side in a very very long time and deservedly number 1 in the world, it would be great to see their subcontinent visit(especially India) since the conditions will be truely different. It will be a great test for them. I will keenly observe the SA series as well. I don't agree with @5wombat's comments that India is supposed to be good at 20 -20. It demerits their stature in tests and one day, where they have been excellent apart from this series. it also smacks of some kind of jealosy of the IPL I guess. Drawing series in SA and Aus was unheard of for Indian teams of the past, and one should not forget they beat England in England last time they visited.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2011, 4:16 GMT

    India are yet to win in Australia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. they have no bragging rights.

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