England news May 1, 2014

Gurney and Ballance in ODI squad

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Those hoping that a new era of English cricket would be signalled with a revolutionary one-day squad to face Scotland will be disappointed with Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer, the only uncapped player among the 13 names which marks the first squad of Peter Moores' second stint as coach.

Gurney was part of the one-day party for the brief tour of West Indies but did not play in any of the three matches as England favoured spin-heavy attacks. England have been trying to unearth a left-arm seamer since Ryan Sidebottom retired and Gurney's selection for this squad is a strong indication that he will feature against Sri Lanka later this month.

They will be well aware, however, that the Scotland match also needs their full attention after they were humbled by Netherlands in the World T20. The players involved in this squad will miss the next round of Championship matches as England prepare at the academy in Loughborough with the county season having not included any one-day cricket yet.

With the World Cup less than a year away it was always unlikely England would rip up their plans and there are plenty of familiar names on show as the selectors - which include Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell for the first time - declining to make any major changes with Alastair Cook, the captain, and Ian Bell returning after missing the brief tour of West Indies while James Anderson is also back in coloured clothes.

From the team that played the last ODI when England were purely focussed on 50-over cricket - against Australia in Adelaide - there are eight survivors while Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Tim Bresnan are unavailable due to injury.

Gary Ballance, who did not feature in West Indies after being part of the squad in Australia, is recalled after a strong start to the season for Yorkshire while James Tredwell keeps his place despite being dropped from Kent's Championship side this season to work on his action. Tredwell has established himself as England's premier white-ball spinner and the selectors have not been put off by his technical issues in the longer format.

Anderson is back to lead the attack after being rested for the series in Australia - the Scotland match will be his first England outing since the final Ashes Test in Sydney - and Chris Woakes has benefitted from the injury to Stokes. Outside of Anderson, the pace attack, which also includes Chris Jordan, is inexperienced with Broad managing his long-term knee injury and Steven Finn not yet ready for an international return.

Those to feel most anguished about the squad are probably the Nottinghamshire pair of Alex Hales and Michael Lumb who were both in West Indies, but clearly with an eye towards T20 rather than the longer format.

Hales was widely tipped for a call-up following his breathtaking 116 against Sri Lanka in the World T20 - England's first hundred in the format - but has only played one Championship match this season, and that was batting at No. 6. Lumb, meanwhile, hit a hundred on his ODI in Antigua but, at 34, has not been viewed as an serious option for the World Cup.

The early indications are that the new selection panel are no more inclined to add some firepower to the top of the batting order than the previous one was.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY TimMann on | May 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Quite a sensible line up but I can't see how Woakes or Ballance can get a game - regrettably in Ballance' case - not in Woakes'. He's not an international bowler.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @geoffboyc on (May 2, 2014, 12:31 GMT) For me Bopara and Tredwell have done well with the ball and unless their form dips they should be an integral part of our SF bowling attack.

    Do I think either should play in tests based on their SF form - no way but I genuinely think these are the 2 best slower SF options we have at the moment.

    Re Gregory - as a Plymothian I'd be proud to see him represnt England but he's only just been given a run in the CC team after a couple of years of playing the odd SF game. To be honest I much prefer to see Somerset do well than England and the way they treated Compton last year and helped Jos away from Taunton I'd be quite happy to never see a Somerset player in the England set up again

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    @JG2704 good point but I still think Lumb is really hard done by. Also given we're hardly tearing the world apart wit hthe current formula do you not think we need some change?

  • POSTED BY aq111 on | May 2, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Chris Ward; I agree 100%.

  • POSTED BY fwd079 on | May 2, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Utterly disappointed, younger players please!

  • POSTED BY sussexsunrisers on | May 2, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    At some point the ECB should realise that ODI's are a genuine form of international cricket with rankings etc and not just auditions for test match places. With the World Cup coming up in ten months, Moores should focus on finding a genuine ODI team against Scotland and Sri Lanka and put them into the India series with some idea of solidity. Let's face it, the favourites for the World Cup title australia South Africa and India all have several gun batsmen all around the order. As good as Cook and bell are in limited overs a good start is vital.. Hales may not be consistent but he can hit the ball.

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | May 2, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    JG2704; Within their limitations Tredwell and Bopara have tried their best and done a steady-ish job. But the World Cup and an Ashes series are next year and one or two gambles have to be taken to find a better international spinner and at least one other player who can perform at this level with bat and/or ball. As you are a Somerset man, what about a punt on Lewis Gregory who looked a potentially good player two years ago and has started this season well? Maybe it's too early for him but if Moores and Co don't try something they'll never find out. Going with the same isn't an option if they want any success next year.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    not a single man in the squad is half as good as Petersien. the glory days of flower are over here comes winter

  • POSTED BY southstoke49 on | May 2, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Why waste Anderson on this one? He will probably be bowled out by the time Sri Lanka leave and if he goes with Broad injured that is the bowling shot too.

    At least with Bell and Cook opening we may make a solid 20-0 after the first 15 overs of power play are done!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @geoffboyc on (May 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT) I thought Tredwell has by and large done a decent job in SFs and do you not think Bopara has done a good enough job with the ball to justify his place? I'd rather see him both bowling and batting at 7 than Bresnan. Re Lumb - I think they like the Cook/Bell partnership and he was only ever picked as cover for Cook who was rested. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing Bell at 3 and Lumb or Hales opening with Cook or Lumb or Hales at 3. I still like Trego but maybe that's a bit of Somerset bias

  • POSTED BY TimMann on | May 2, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Quite a sensible line up but I can't see how Woakes or Ballance can get a game - regrettably in Ballance' case - not in Woakes'. He's not an international bowler.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    @geoffboyc on (May 2, 2014, 12:31 GMT) For me Bopara and Tredwell have done well with the ball and unless their form dips they should be an integral part of our SF bowling attack.

    Do I think either should play in tests based on their SF form - no way but I genuinely think these are the 2 best slower SF options we have at the moment.

    Re Gregory - as a Plymothian I'd be proud to see him represnt England but he's only just been given a run in the CC team after a couple of years of playing the odd SF game. To be honest I much prefer to see Somerset do well than England and the way they treated Compton last year and helped Jos away from Taunton I'd be quite happy to never see a Somerset player in the England set up again

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 2, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    @JG2704 good point but I still think Lumb is really hard done by. Also given we're hardly tearing the world apart wit hthe current formula do you not think we need some change?

  • POSTED BY aq111 on | May 2, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Chris Ward; I agree 100%.

  • POSTED BY fwd079 on | May 2, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Utterly disappointed, younger players please!

  • POSTED BY sussexsunrisers on | May 2, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    At some point the ECB should realise that ODI's are a genuine form of international cricket with rankings etc and not just auditions for test match places. With the World Cup coming up in ten months, Moores should focus on finding a genuine ODI team against Scotland and Sri Lanka and put them into the India series with some idea of solidity. Let's face it, the favourites for the World Cup title australia South Africa and India all have several gun batsmen all around the order. As good as Cook and bell are in limited overs a good start is vital.. Hales may not be consistent but he can hit the ball.

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | May 2, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    JG2704; Within their limitations Tredwell and Bopara have tried their best and done a steady-ish job. But the World Cup and an Ashes series are next year and one or two gambles have to be taken to find a better international spinner and at least one other player who can perform at this level with bat and/or ball. As you are a Somerset man, what about a punt on Lewis Gregory who looked a potentially good player two years ago and has started this season well? Maybe it's too early for him but if Moores and Co don't try something they'll never find out. Going with the same isn't an option if they want any success next year.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 2, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    not a single man in the squad is half as good as Petersien. the glory days of flower are over here comes winter

  • POSTED BY southstoke49 on | May 2, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    Why waste Anderson on this one? He will probably be bowled out by the time Sri Lanka leave and if he goes with Broad injured that is the bowling shot too.

    At least with Bell and Cook opening we may make a solid 20-0 after the first 15 overs of power play are done!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    @geoffboyc on (May 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT) I thought Tredwell has by and large done a decent job in SFs and do you not think Bopara has done a good enough job with the ball to justify his place? I'd rather see him both bowling and batting at 7 than Bresnan. Re Lumb - I think they like the Cook/Bell partnership and he was only ever picked as cover for Cook who was rested. Personally I wouldn't mind seeing Bell at 3 and Lumb or Hales opening with Cook or Lumb or Hales at 3. I still like Trego but maybe that's a bit of Somerset bias

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 2, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @Howzaat123 on (May 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT) re "Why is Harry Gurney included? "

    Can think of 2 reasons - Bresnan and Dernbach

    @CodandChips on (May 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT) I think they like the Bell/Cook formula and to be fair it was more Stokes and Ballance who were stagnating the RR in the Aus series. I possibly would select Root now. He seemed to be finding his form again just before he got injured

    @Abdullah Inan on (May 1, 2014, 16:36 GMT) Trott has relapsed I'm afraid. Personally doubt he'll play again for England

    @salazar555 on (May 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT) Bopara has been one of our most consistent bowlers in SFs and I thought he showed a little more urgency with the bat recently. Keep him at 7 and I'm happy with that

  • POSTED BY YorkshirePudding on | May 2, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    @landl47, I really, really hope that we have seen the back of Dernbach, I dont know why we persisted with him for so long especially as a 'death' bowler.

    In terms of the squad, it looks interesting, some possible future test players in the squad, though Jordan is on the cusp and had a good start to the season but so have other bowlers.

    I expect Lumb and hales will be left for T20 games, and I not sure about Root I'd prefer him playing for Yorks and getting runs in the CC ahead of the summer.

    I eagerly await the test squad announcement.

  • POSTED BY Badcats on | May 2, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    The world cup is in 2015!! I have seen countles posts here saying 'its just few months away'.

    ''Where are the new faces!!??'' = England don't need eleven new faces in their teams, they need the current ones to get themselves together and regain their form from one year ago and replace the obvious players who have permanently departed.

    I also noticed Cook's body language and facial expressions..the guy looks utterly bored already.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | May 2, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    I'd suggest that in the light of recent chronic injuries (Broad, Bresnan, Prior and before he went, Swann) besides the psychological problems experienced by Trott, the new regime puts as its absolute priority the looking after of players' health and wellbeing. Nowhere is this more required than in the management of the quick bowlers. Early in the Moores/Cook regime (i.e. now!) there needs to be clarity about who belongs in the Test team and who is a short format player. Take Chris Jordan: right now he's fit, rarin' to go, will do all that's asked of him, full out, and yet - if he's the Bresnan replacement I think he is - then is he (or, more accurately his physique) really going to be subjected to a battery of unimportant T20 & ODI matches? Even if he comes through them with no major injury, he may well 'pick up a niggle' that may take the edge off his Test appearances (oh, he's nailed on for TC, btw!). Is Gurney a possible Test player? What's Jimmy's role now? Questions. Questions.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | May 2, 2014, 2:38 GMT

    This isn't a surprising squad, but given the players out with injury it's probably the best available. Presumably two out of Moeen, Gurney, Jordan and Woakes will be left out, depending on the weather and the wicket.

    The main weakness is that there isn't a natural #3 in the side or indeed in English cricket as a whole. I would have had a look at Robson opening and Bell at #3, but maybe they want Robson to focus on red-ball cricket for now.

    At least there's no Dernbach, thank goodness!

  • POSTED BY on | May 2, 2014, 1:03 GMT

    So playing an "international" against Scotland is somehow going to benefit these players more than the four day country championship game they'll be missing? What a waste of time. They shoud have picked a bunch of youth squad players and left the rest of them to get some proper cricket practice.

  • POSTED BY AlfAlpha on | May 2, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    With Cook and Bell to wear down the opening bowlers and then a couple of Yorkies to chip in with 20 between them I don't see how we can lose. But where on earth is Dernbach? Surely our specialist 'at the death' bowler should be included for the entertainment he provides to the crowds near the boundary ropes if nothing else.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 1, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    will take years now to re-build a world class team

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 21:12 GMT

    Bresnan isn't injured. He has been rested by the ECB!

    Ballance isn't a South African either

    New Selection Panel, same old faces so change in results . Might do ok at home but away will always struggle

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    I absolutely love Cook's body language as Moores is saying his piece. He looks absolutely thrilled to be working alonside his new boss

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | May 1, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Not the best or worst squad they could pick.

    The 2 I'd say no to are Woakes and Ballance who should be given a run in the test side but stay well clear of the SFs. From this particular squad my team would probably be

    Cook,Bell,Root,Morgan,Buttler,Ali,Bopara,Jordan,Tredwell,Anderson,Gurney

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 1, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    I would however liked to have seen some changes after recent disappointments. With the world cup just a few months away, age should not be a factor, hence why I'm especially disappointed re Lumb.

    James Vince would have also been a nice shout.Perhaps my Hampshire bias there though.

    Gurney is good because he is a one day specialist in my opinion. Deserves a go.

    @Salazar555 Re Ali he had a good season last year, perhaps why they stuck with him. However considering he hardly convinced when playing for England and has hardly started the season well, his selection is rather disappointing while James Taylor and Michael Lumb and Co have been omitted

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | May 1, 2014, 20:42 GMT

    @yorkshire-86 (post on May 1, 2014, 17:13 GMT): Hopefully the idea/plan is for Tredwell to be the premier spinner, and Root/Ali to simply fill in a few overs where possible/appropiate. I have no issues with that, and if anything thought the likes of Ali/Bopara were hopelessly underbowled in previous games where they were very economical.

    If the players find some good form, I think it's actually not a bad squad, and the likes of Finn (and Broad once fit) are waiting in the wings as well. My batting/playing order would be: Cook; Bell; Ali; Morgan; Root; Bopara; Buttler; Jordan; Tredwell; Gurney; Anderson. Order flexible, with e.g. Buttler coming in sooner depending on circumstances.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 20:25 GMT

    I can't believe some of you are questioning Ali's involvement His spin bowling is under rated, certainly better than Root's and he's a stylish batsmen with the ability to accelerate the run rate extremely quickly, something a lot of our batters struggle with

    Ali should be a nailed on ODI player for years to come and shouldn't be far away from the test side now, a good season should see him breakthrough

    Recognise talent when you see it eh?

  • POSTED BY Nickoshot on | May 1, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    I would have liked the selectors to have a look at James Vince as an opening option as I am not sure about the Cook/Bell partnership outside of English conditions but other than that it looks about what I expected. Hales isn't currently playing for Notts so hard to select him. Lumb is unlucky to miss out but I think England have better players. Cook has been reasonable with the bat in ODI cricket since his return as captain but in the long term it might be better of let Morgan captain with Cook focusing on test.

    Ballance averages 54 in A-List cricket at a strike rate of 91, he wasn't brilliant in the Aus one day game but deserve a run in the side. I like Woakes but he is more of a red ball cricketer, I think he will be more effective as a bowlers in the early part of the season but is probably just filling in for Stokes in this format.

  • POSTED BY SirViv1973 on | May 1, 2014, 20:05 GMT

    Disappointed Hales hasn't been given a chance. Lumb too showed enough in the games against the WI to persevere with. If we learned anything from the winter it should have been that we need to be a bit less conservative & be a bit more aggressive & this batting line again looks like its a bit on the conservative side. I also can't help thinking that Cook should have stood down as ODI capt after the winter. It would make sense for Morgan to skipper in both limited over formats & let Cook sort out his issues at test level

  • POSTED BY markatnotts on | May 1, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    As a Notts fan I am most perplexed by this. Gurney has been a fast improving player at Notts since his move from Leics. The most pleasing thing to me is getting a first class bowling average of 49 in div 2 down to 34 in div 1, with hopefully more improvements. His white ball cricket is stronger but he still isn't ready for England. It is almost as if his left arm style has got him in the squad by desperation for the different angle. Meanwhile Lumb misses out so what was the point in playing him in the Caribbean? Whilst Hales is ignored while he could actually be ready for odi's despite not being in our championship team.

  • POSTED BY gregort97 on | May 1, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Bit of a shame to see this squad- it was a real chance to try out some new players and to mark a new start for English cricket. Anderson is obviously an outstanding bowler, but recalling him feels like something of a step backwards- Finn deserves another go now. Not sure why we insist on selecting Cook and Bell as well- they, with Anderson, should focus on tests only. I would rather see Taylor, Vince, Carberry getting a go. Not sure about Woakes- maybe Willey, Wood or Azarhuddin instead?? Looks rather similar overall to our squads from last winter.... I hope it can only get better from now on. At least the selectors have finally seen sense regarding Dernbach!

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | May 1, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    @salazar555 Although his record over the last 3 years is far superior to that and he would be selected as a batsman who can bowl, although people who have seen him play a lot say that he is now playing almost as a batting all-rounder. It's a bit like the people who looked at Fred Flintoff's career average in 2005 and called him mediocre, forgetting that his figures in 2000-2003 would always slew the figures. Not too many people who faced Fred in 2005-2008 would have called him mediocre.

  • POSTED BY coatsie89 on | May 1, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    The definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over but expecting different results. Sums up this squad. I hope Scotland turn us over, that might prompt someone to actually think outside the box and take a punt on trying something new.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    What a boring and completely predictable squad selection...the sign of things to come? Where are the many new faces that were promised?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 1, 2014, 18:41 GMT

    Well, there is no hales or Taylor, 2 guys that have shone bright in Nottinghamshire with the bat in all 3 formats especially when both r in good form. Hales scored the only English t20 hundred and Taylor hit the selectors with a double in Sri Lanka so I am surprised

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    Don't think Cook is an ODI player, Ballance didn't impress me when he got the opportunity to play ODIs in Australia (I think he should be given the opportunity in red ball cricket).

    Lumb & Hales should be in the squad, but one won't play because of Cook.

    World Cup 2015 will go the same way as the recent T20 experience in Bangladesh :(

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | May 1, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Where's Dernbach??????????

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 1, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    why not make Misbah the captain of this test side of england in ODI's No?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    same as it ever was.......

  • POSTED BY Iddo555 on | May 1, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    @Yorkshire

    It's pathetic. People are talking about him bowling spin for England in test matches despite the fact he averages over 40 with the ball in div 2. It's a case of the Ali fan club who want him in the team whether he actually deserves to be there or not.

  • POSTED BY markborris on | May 1, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Lebigfella - Ballance is Zimbabwean, not South African.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | May 1, 2014, 17:27 GMT

    Amazed at the amount of English talents showing up more and more. Swing bowlers, Test batsmen. However, sad that not many of them are able to shine outside the English conditions...

  • POSTED BY yorkshire-86 on | May 1, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    Why does Ali keep getting picked on the basis 'he can bowl spin'? He wasnt trusted to bowl many overs in the games he played, and with the bat he looks like a rabbit in headlights at this level - nowhere near good enough to play international cricket. In limited overs cricket your main bowler - the one that decides most games - is always your main spinner. If we go in with Ali and/or Root as the main spinner, we will struggle. Also Woakes just dosnt look good enough to play cricket at this level. Hales is a far better option than Cook and Bell, the former only seems to get his place as (an extremly bad) captain, the latter because they cant find anywhere else in the order and dare not ditch him. If we are going to get anywhere we are going to have to kill this mentality of patting back the first 40 overs then 100% relying on the middle order sloggers, also the best spinner MUST play even if he cant field and has to bat eleven.

  • POSTED BY lebigfella on | May 1, 2014, 17:03 GMT

    Ballance seems a class act... as a lot of South Africans are... but choosing a journeyman or should I say Gurneyman as one of our bowling options proves we really are in deep trouble. Not even Harold's recent form is anything other than mediocre... I fear a similar scenario to the late eighties will be with us once more when anyone & everyone was awarded an international cap. Sorry Selectas... but is that the best you can muster? Bo!

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | May 1, 2014, 16:51 GMT

    A bit of a dog's dinner of a squad, partly due to injuries, but no obvious sign of a forward plan. Appears to show they believe any team they pick should beat the Scots, a view backed up by their previous 40 over league results against Counties. I'd prefer to see Ballance set aside for the later games especially the five-dayers, and why on earth is Tredwell being persevered with? We won't find a much needed international spinner that way. If Lumb isn't a World Cup option due to age how does that fit with the JT selection? And Ravi Bopara? Loyal trier though he is, it's hardly a step into a new era.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | May 1, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    The squad is a mixture of players who have exceptional early season red ball form (Cook, Bell, Ballance, Jordan, Anderson) and those who have done well for England over the winter plus Gurney and Woakes (who is Warwickshire's leading wicket-taker so far this season). Nothing particularly stunning, but nothing obviously bad. Gurney has taken wickets this season, although a little expensive.

    Picking Gurney may be a hint that in the absence of a top-notch spinner, England will go with Joe Root and Moeen Ali to offer spin and concentrate on a seam-heavy attack this summer, with variation coming from using Harry Gurney's left arm to give a different line of attack.

    As has been mentioned, Aberdeen in May is not somewhere where you will pick big hitters. It is about as different from Bangladesh as it is possible to get. Barring some freak tropical weather, the winning side will get nowhere near 300.

  • POSTED BY Iddo555 on | May 1, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    Bopara seems to get picked no matter how poor he's playing. I'm starting to think if he broke his leg then England would still pick him and we'd see him in the middle with crutches. How someone who has been so average over the years keeps getting picked is beyond me.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 1, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    What will also be interesting is seeing how different to this the ODI squad vs Sri Lanka is.

    Also still waiting for James Taylor to be part of England's plans, though he has started this county season poorly, after being terrific last year.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 1, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    What about jonathan trott

  • POSTED BY Guhah on | May 1, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    KP = rest of the squad. I doubt apart from morgan, there is not enough power to cross 300+ or embark a game changing innings.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 1, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    (continued)

    Hopefully we won't regret having no domestic List A matches before ODIs.

    Also brand new era, but it appears the same old formula.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Michael Lumb should feel really hard done by. Had an excellent debut and did ok in the others. The world cup is only a few months away, so surely age for that is irrelevant. Fair enough if it was in 3 years (though not on the back of Chris Rogers), but with it just a few months away, this is pretty unfair.

    Woakes is another interesting one. A lot of evidence suggests he is more suited to redball than whiteball cricket. Also he has started this season well with the ball but poorly with the bat.

    Don't see the wisdom in selecting Root who has had barely any time to get into form.

    Ali is a good player but wasn't great in his previous England matches so may consider himself lucky.

    Ballance deserves his go but hasn't been at all convincing in his previous England appearences. Will he play as a finisher or a top-order player if selected?

    Morgan can probably kiss goodbye to his test chances vs Sri Lanka given he won't have much more opportunity in first class cricket to impress.

  • POSTED BY crockit on | May 1, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    I reckon they will go with 4 frontline bowlers, Bopara will be main choice as 5th bowler. That leaves them free to pick any 2 of root, ali and ballance and either gurney or woakes as third seamer behind anderson and jordan - probably woakes as it will mean a strong number 8

  • POSTED BY Howzaat123 on | May 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Why is Harry Gurney included? He only went to the West Indies as part of a t20 squad which played ODIs, yet he is included. I certainly wouldn't describe him as the best Limited overs seamer we currently have available, so it's baffling. Why not give Finn an international game, to see where his mind is?

  • POSTED BY WhoCaresAboutIPL on | May 1, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    There is not enough power at the top of the order to push the 300+ totals everybody else gets......

    I doubt that 300 will be a target in Aberdeen under early May conditions - if the rain stays away I would think 220 would be a good score!

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 1, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Not good Squad

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I am not sure why Gurney has done to get into the squad here with a List A record no better than Tymal Mills?

  • POSTED BY bartarch on | May 1, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Ballance - strong start to the season. In which one day matches was that?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Interesting squad, not sure what the 11 will actually be, best bet would be: Cook, Bell, Ali, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Woakes, Jordan, Tredwell, Anderson but at the same time I'd want Ballance in the side, maybe at the expense of Ali, but there is possible scope to go with: Cook, Bell, Ali, Root, Morgan, Ballance, Buttler, Bopara, Jordan, Anderson, Gurney and try to get 20 overs out of Ali, Root and Bopara. Either way we're going to get a pretty big statement on how the Moores-Farbrace-Cook team are going to play cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Why Woakes? Have they not learned the lessons of the NZ one-dayers last year? There is not enough power at the top of the order to push the 300+ totals everybody else gets......

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  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Why Woakes? Have they not learned the lessons of the NZ one-dayers last year? There is not enough power at the top of the order to push the 300+ totals everybody else gets......

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    Interesting squad, not sure what the 11 will actually be, best bet would be: Cook, Bell, Ali, Root, Morgan, Buttler, Bopara, Woakes, Jordan, Tredwell, Anderson but at the same time I'd want Ballance in the side, maybe at the expense of Ali, but there is possible scope to go with: Cook, Bell, Ali, Root, Morgan, Ballance, Buttler, Bopara, Jordan, Anderson, Gurney and try to get 20 overs out of Ali, Root and Bopara. Either way we're going to get a pretty big statement on how the Moores-Farbrace-Cook team are going to play cricket.

  • POSTED BY bartarch on | May 1, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    Ballance - strong start to the season. In which one day matches was that?

  • POSTED BY on | May 1, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    I am not sure why Gurney has done to get into the squad here with a List A record no better than Tymal Mills?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 1, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Not good Squad

  • POSTED BY WhoCaresAboutIPL on | May 1, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    There is not enough power at the top of the order to push the 300+ totals everybody else gets......

    I doubt that 300 will be a target in Aberdeen under early May conditions - if the rain stays away I would think 220 would be a good score!

  • POSTED BY Howzaat123 on | May 1, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Why is Harry Gurney included? He only went to the West Indies as part of a t20 squad which played ODIs, yet he is included. I certainly wouldn't describe him as the best Limited overs seamer we currently have available, so it's baffling. Why not give Finn an international game, to see where his mind is?

  • POSTED BY crockit on | May 1, 2014, 16:26 GMT

    I reckon they will go with 4 frontline bowlers, Bopara will be main choice as 5th bowler. That leaves them free to pick any 2 of root, ali and ballance and either gurney or woakes as third seamer behind anderson and jordan - probably woakes as it will mean a strong number 8

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 1, 2014, 16:30 GMT

    Michael Lumb should feel really hard done by. Had an excellent debut and did ok in the others. The world cup is only a few months away, so surely age for that is irrelevant. Fair enough if it was in 3 years (though not on the back of Chris Rogers), but with it just a few months away, this is pretty unfair.

    Woakes is another interesting one. A lot of evidence suggests he is more suited to redball than whiteball cricket. Also he has started this season well with the ball but poorly with the bat.

    Don't see the wisdom in selecting Root who has had barely any time to get into form.

    Ali is a good player but wasn't great in his previous England matches so may consider himself lucky.

    Ballance deserves his go but hasn't been at all convincing in his previous England appearences. Will he play as a finisher or a top-order player if selected?

    Morgan can probably kiss goodbye to his test chances vs Sri Lanka given he won't have much more opportunity in first class cricket to impress.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | May 1, 2014, 16:31 GMT

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    Hopefully we won't regret having no domestic List A matches before ODIs.

    Also brand new era, but it appears the same old formula.