England news September 2, 2011

No one is guaranteed a place - Cook

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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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  • on September 3, 2011, 16:09 GMT

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

  • puneet_usa 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...!!!

  • pom_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.

  • AlanHarrison 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.

  • chokkashokka on September 3, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    building castles in the sky....

  • 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

  • 5wombats 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.

  • Cricket_Addict_151507 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.

  • InswingingToeCrusher 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.

  • on September 3, 2011, 4:16 GMT

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

  • on September 3, 2011, 16:09 GMT

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

  • puneet_usa 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...!!!

  • pom_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.

  • AlanHarrison 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.

  • chokkashokka on September 3, 2011, 10:14 GMT

    building castles in the sky....

  • 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

  • 5wombats 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.

  • Cricket_Addict_151507 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.

  • InswingingToeCrusher 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.

  • on September 3, 2011, 4:16 GMT

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

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 3, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    @Swombats: I agree with almost everything you said about team India. They are not playing good cricket at the moment. However, you cannot completely rubbish off a team after one tour. There is clearly a hangover from the world cup victory as fatigue is showing across their faces. No matter what, excuses cannot take away the fact they played poor so far. One of the key reasons why India became no.1 was due to the hunger and will to excel. It doesn't matter then whether you play at home or away and India have played very good cricket overseas since Ganguly took over as captain in 2000/01. Winning a series in Sa or AUS would have been an icing on the cake. However, you should appreciate their efforts over the last 10 years in winning test matches in tough conditions away from home. Surely this team is much better than a 4-0 drubbing. Whatever the problem is, I suggest the BCCI cut their egos and work towards the betterment of Indian cricket.

  • on September 3, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    @Nitin Singh, england won in australia ..durrrrrr, also who cares what side of the wicket shots are played, the runs still count the same, also T20 is not the place to show class it is a time for slogging

  • on September 3, 2011, 3:06 GMT

    I am already bored of watching India play at this tour. Can we send them back already? They have no talent whatsoever. No technique from the batsman, no class, not a single decent fast bowler. Even their best Ishant Sharma is just so so. Their legends are as bad as their youngsters. And do not blame BCCI for picking the team because they can only pick what is infront of them. Feel sorry for them. I think its better then cancel the tour now and bring replacement team like Bangladesh who would give England a good game.

    And I am wondering how did they even win the WC in the 1st place?

  • PaddyRasta on September 2, 2011, 22:17 GMT

    @ the poster who has no name who said "England at present is an immensely over-rated team for which i pity them. " I hope you are not going to use pitch and conditions again when India are beaten in this ODI series. You are the deluded one who needs pitying. It may eat you up inside, but this England team has depth in all departments, whilst India has become focussed on the shortest form of the game and hence their downfall. And by the way, Boycott calls a spade a spade, which is an admirable trait - There's no point making excuses for a team that did not even show up in the 5-0 whitewash.

  • Valavan on September 2, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    @Nitin singh, where did India win a series outside their den for the past 3 years.

  • on September 2, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Agree With Nitin Singh ..well said! :)

  • landl47 on September 2, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    It's good to see Cook, in the early stages of his captaincy, taking a strong position. India showed what weakness can do when they brought in players like Zaheer and Sehwag solely on their reputations, regardless of whether they were fit to play. Everybody needs to fight for their place and everyone knows that getting a place in this England side is to join a great team. @Nitin Singh: what a load of drivel. Only 3 of India's 'batsmen' made more than 10 in the T20I. Dravid and Raina made their runs through big hoicks on the leg side. Rahane played well (was he the 'class' you were referring to?), the rest did nothing and India was all out inside 20 overs. England only lost 4 wickets and everyone except Hales made a useful contribution. If England, who have crushed India in every game so far, are overrated, what does that make India?

  • 5wombats on September 2, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    @Nitin Singh; This is especially for you; "india at present is an immensely over-rated team for which i pity them. In the recently concluded t-20, on one hand (except for Dravid.... Tendulkar didn't want to risk his reputation) india's batsmen showed no class... even playing a format of the game they are supposed to be good at. And this india team is not legendary @ all let alone a good one. India - to you I would say - If you guys really want to prove your mettle,then please win something outside your den". I think that just about balances things up.

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    England at present is an immensely over-rated team for which i pity them. In the recently concluded t-20,on one hand india's batsmen showed class whereas english batsmen kept scoring on the ON side and the very second shot that keiswetter played on the OFF,he was caught by raina(anybody can hit a boundary off a half-volley on the OFF though).And Sir Geoff Boycott...with all due respect, i would like to add that your critical and un-friendly commentary is not appreciable from a man of your stature and experience of cricket(which you displayed during the recently concluded Test whitewash of india).And this english team is not legendary @ all let alone a good one.If you guys really want to prove your mettle,then please win something outside your den.

  • on September 2, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Cook, Kieswetter, Anderson & Swann's places are guaranteed

  • anilkp on September 2, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    But how about Cook himself? If he falters in the first 3 ODIs (no matter how less likely it may be), is he open to not have that guarantee for himself for the remaining two ODIs, and let Morgan/Broad do the talking? Two weeks and 4 captains. Cookey is actually looking at making a new history: how about 2 weeks for5/6 captains?

  • AJ_Tiger86 on September 2, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    I hope they put Bell at no. 3. He has been wasted at no. 6 during the Sri Lanka series.

  • bumsonseats on September 2, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    seems odd about pietersen thought these 5 games would have counted as a rest period. dpk

  • CricketChat on September 2, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    It's a good approach from Eng captain and selectors to keep everyone on their toes. Now, if only India can do the same!.

  • on September 2, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    well I reckon that theres 2 people that ARE guarenteed a place... Alastair Cook (as he's the captain) and Craig Kieswetter (Wicket Keeper)

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  • on September 2, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    well I reckon that theres 2 people that ARE guarenteed a place... Alastair Cook (as he's the captain) and Craig Kieswetter (Wicket Keeper)

  • CricketChat on September 2, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    It's a good approach from Eng captain and selectors to keep everyone on their toes. Now, if only India can do the same!.

  • bumsonseats on September 2, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    seems odd about pietersen thought these 5 games would have counted as a rest period. dpk

  • AJ_Tiger86 on September 2, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    I hope they put Bell at no. 3. He has been wasted at no. 6 during the Sri Lanka series.

  • anilkp on September 2, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    But how about Cook himself? If he falters in the first 3 ODIs (no matter how less likely it may be), is he open to not have that guarantee for himself for the remaining two ODIs, and let Morgan/Broad do the talking? Two weeks and 4 captains. Cookey is actually looking at making a new history: how about 2 weeks for5/6 captains?

  • on September 2, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Cook, Kieswetter, Anderson & Swann's places are guaranteed

  • on September 2, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    England at present is an immensely over-rated team for which i pity them. In the recently concluded t-20,on one hand india's batsmen showed class whereas english batsmen kept scoring on the ON side and the very second shot that keiswetter played on the OFF,he was caught by raina(anybody can hit a boundary off a half-volley on the OFF though).And Sir Geoff Boycott...with all due respect, i would like to add that your critical and un-friendly commentary is not appreciable from a man of your stature and experience of cricket(which you displayed during the recently concluded Test whitewash of india).And this english team is not legendary @ all let alone a good one.If you guys really want to prove your mettle,then please win something outside your den.

  • 5wombats on September 2, 2011, 21:14 GMT

    @Nitin Singh; This is especially for you; "india at present is an immensely over-rated team for which i pity them. In the recently concluded t-20, on one hand (except for Dravid.... Tendulkar didn't want to risk his reputation) india's batsmen showed no class... even playing a format of the game they are supposed to be good at. And this india team is not legendary @ all let alone a good one. India - to you I would say - If you guys really want to prove your mettle,then please win something outside your den". I think that just about balances things up.

  • landl47 on September 2, 2011, 21:39 GMT

    It's good to see Cook, in the early stages of his captaincy, taking a strong position. India showed what weakness can do when they brought in players like Zaheer and Sehwag solely on their reputations, regardless of whether they were fit to play. Everybody needs to fight for their place and everyone knows that getting a place in this England side is to join a great team. @Nitin Singh: what a load of drivel. Only 3 of India's 'batsmen' made more than 10 in the T20I. Dravid and Raina made their runs through big hoicks on the leg side. Rahane played well (was he the 'class' you were referring to?), the rest did nothing and India was all out inside 20 overs. England only lost 4 wickets and everyone except Hales made a useful contribution. If England, who have crushed India in every game so far, are overrated, what does that make India?

  • on September 2, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    Agree With Nitin Singh ..well said! :)