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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  • Tim 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.

  • John 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

  • Paulo 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?

  • David on May 2, 2014, 13:58 GMT

    @Chris Ward; I agree 100%.

  • Fawad on May 2, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    Utterly disappointed, younger players please!

  • Oliver 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.

  • Chris 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.

  • Android 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

  • Martin 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!

  • John 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

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