New Zealand v England, World Cup 2015, Group A, Wellington February 20, 2015

Ballance not a one-day cricketer - Holding

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Are England picking the right players?

Michael Holding has questioned whether Gary Ballance 's last-minute inclusion at No 3 is the right World Cup call for England after they crashed to a spectacular defeat against New Zealand in Wellington.

The entire match lasted only 45.4 overs as Tim Southee recorded the third best bowling figures in World Cup history and Brendon McCullum added further hurt with the fastest World Cup fifty.

Holding made his comments on Match Point - the original Match Point show - which is freely available on ESPNcricinfo for every game throughout the World Cup as well as being shown simultaneously live on the ESPN TV network in USA and the Caribbean.

"I am not absolutely sure that they have the right team," Holding said. "There are guys who I have seen play for England in recent times who should be in this team. Alex Hales - OK he hasn't done a lot but he has the capability of doing a lot better than some of the guys in this team.

"I am not sure Ballance is a one-day cricketer. I think he is a fantastic Test batsman… I am not sure he has the right attitude for ODI cricket."

Ballance's World Cup preparations were hampered by a broken finger and he was a surprise inclusion for England's opening-day defeat against Australia when England shuffled James taylor down the order and dropped Ravi Bopara.

Jonathan Trott has urged England's selectors not to panic and make further wholesale changes. His assessment also formed part of the expert analysis which is available on Match Point throughout the World Cup - part of ESPNcricinfo's comprehensive World Cup package of video, match reports, analysis and features.

"You have to make a decision," Trott said. "You can't start chopping and changing now one you are in the World Cup. You have to select the team and back the players.

"All the upheaval or the indecision about Alastair Cook being captain or Morgs being captain and players being swopped [in the order] and team changes before the first game… uncertainty is something you don't want with regard to selection… but when you don't win games you don't always get certainty. You are always searching for the formula to get you across the line.

"Ballance has only had two games. What message would that send? It was a bit of a surprise when we all saw the line-up for the Australia game - it has been a bit difficult for him. He is a good player with a fantastic Test record. I think he has the potential to do very well in one-day cricket."

Consolation for England supporters was to hear Holding laugh away thoughts that they might slip up in their next game against Scotland, in Chrisitchurch on Monday.

"Let's not get carried away," he said. "That's where they need to rebound. England need to go in there and play some serious cricket now."

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  • Dummy4 on February 23, 2015, 8:59 GMT

    Alex Hales is the impact player in england team he hve to play i am surprised tht alex hales is still nt pick in the england XI but he has to play against srilanka at least give him a chance he would be a grt player for england

  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2015, 19:21 GMT

    This interviewer is a stunner

  • Fred on February 22, 2015, 0:52 GMT

    Not sure who the poster below is but I'm not sure they are all 'bad calls'. First MAs SR is 102 and IB so far this year and last year has a SR of above 90. Both Taylor and Ballance in List A have a SR above 80. Im inclined to agree about Stokes though, I wouldn't of said he had a great record in Australia, but had he been given an extended run in SL then tri-series and warm-up games I'm sure he would have come good. Right about Plunkett though, handy with the bat and did well for the lions recently in the test series. Right about Roy and Vince in terms of ability but I can't see how they would have fit into the side, defo ones to look forward to in the next WC I hope. Interesting point about T Smith playing a Faulkner like no.8 role but I think someone like D. Willey would be better, younger and quicker ( I think) also a lefty which would be handy.

  • Jop on February 21, 2015, 4:09 GMT

    Why did they spend the whole thing talking about England? Who cares about England at this point in the World Cup. They're showing no signs of having the goods to go far in the tournament. Let's hear about New Zealand please. Southee bowled four or five wicket-taking deliveries that any batsman in the world would have struggled to survive. And McCullum was extraordinary. He never let the English bowl on any kind of line and length. This is the same bowling lineup that dismissed India for 200 not so long ago. The story here is New Zealand's amazing performance, not England's terrible one.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 14:38 GMT

    Bad Call= Nearly all the top order have SR's of 70ish, when really you need a couple around the 80's-90's. Bad Call= Leaving out of the squad B.Stokes, yes he is young and still inconsistent, but his record on Australian soil is good and when he gets going with the bat, can be explosive and bats anywhere in the order. Bad Call= Leaving out of the squad L.Plunkett, he has been bowling well for awhile now and is almost always handy for a quick-fire 20-30 runs down the order. Bad Call= Leaving out J.Roy and J.Vince, two youngsters who can be explosive with the bat and also would of brought the "Unknown Factor" to surprise other teams. Bad Call= Not giving T.Smith a chance after a wonderful '2014 county cricket season' with the ball, and he can be an explosive hitter as well, who could of been handy at no.8, similar to 'J.Faulkner' for the Aussies maybe.

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2015, 14:30 GMT

    England need batsman like Kevin Pietersen who could change the complexion of the game and keep the momentum. Except Ian Bell there are no other experienced batsmen in the side and therefore it is crumbling against good attack.

  • Muntasir on February 20, 2015, 12:06 GMT

    England need to change their style of playing ODI'S, a very good point made by Mike. The style of playing ODI'S has changed a lot in the past few years and teams like Australia, India, South Africa and others have already coped with that style. But England is still following the old ODI fashion. No doubt that, England is playing superb test cricket but to stay alive in ODI England has to change the mindset and to do aggressive batting.

  • Valavan on February 20, 2015, 11:36 GMT

    Moores effect on the team. Under him they got belted in 2008 and now in 2015

  • Matthew on February 20, 2015, 11:12 GMT

    Surely this 11 could at least put up a fight?

    1. Hales 2. Bell 3. Taylor (if KP must remain exiled) 4. Root 5. Morgan 6. Ali 7. Stokes 8. Buttler 9. Woakes 10. Finn 11. Anderson

  • Rajeev on February 20, 2015, 11:02 GMT

    Suggested team for England - Hales, Ali, Bell, Root, Taylor, Morgan, Butler, Bopara, Woakes, Tradwell, Anderson, Jordan.

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