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Moeen, Parry in World Twenty20 squad

Alan Gardner

February 6, 2014

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Moeen Ali goes down the ground on his way to a half-century, Lancashire v Worcestershire, County Championship, Division Two, Old Trafford, 1st day, April 10, 2013
Moeen Ali was a surprise inclusion in England's World Twenty20 squad © PA Photos
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England have sprung a surprise in the selection for their squad to tour the Caribbean and then travel to the World Twenty20, including an eye-catching batsman who also bowls capable offspin. Moeen Ali is not quite as box-office a name as Kevin Pietersen but, along with the uncapped Lancashire spinner Stephen Parry, his call-up was indicative of England's desire to begin a new era.

Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer, has also been included an an extra bowler for the West Indies, where England will play three ODIs and three T20s. Otherwise, the group that were crushed 3-0 in Australia has remained largely intact, with Danny Briggs and Boyd Rankin dropped from James Whitaker's first squad as national selector.

Whitaker, who met on Wednesday with Ashley Giles, the limited-overs coach, and former team director Andy Flower to discuss selection, would not be drawn further on Pietersen's exclusion, referring to a "precarious situation in terms of what we can say" and citing legal reasons for the ECB's continued silence.

While Moeen, a former England Under-19s captain, has been tipped to play at international level for some time, Parry's selection will appear straight out of left field to some. However, the 28-year-old has built a solid reputation in limited-overs cricket at Lancashire and has 63 T20 wickets to go with an impressive economy of 6.86.

England appear to set to enter something of a spin cycle, after the retirement of Graeme Swann, and Parry could become the fifth slow bowler tried in a matter of weeks. Monty Panesar and Scott Borthwick were turned to in the final two Ashes Tests, before James Tredwell and Briggs suffered varying degrees of ignominy during the limited-overs leg of England's dismal tour.

The need to find a reliable spin option is all the more pressing, given the slow pitches expected in Bangladesh for the World T20. Parry has only played six first-class games, with Gary Keedy and then Simon Kerrigan blocking his way at Lancashire, and missed much of last season after breaking his arm in the nets. He spent the winter playing grade cricket in Perth.

"It goes without saying that I was absolutely delighted to have received the call from James Whitaker. I am still in a bit of shock," Parry told the Manchester Evening News. "It's always an ambition to play for your country and being in the squad brings that dream a step closer to reality."

Moeen, an elegant, wristy batsman who is currently on tour with the England Lions in Sri Lanka, has experience of T20 in Bangladesh conditions, having previously played in the BPL. In 2013, he scored more than 2000 runs and took 55 wickets in all formats. The fact that he can also bowl the doosra, after instruction from Saeed Ajmal at Worcestershire, will be mentioned in dispatches, though he has so far been reluctant to use it and may stick to more orthodox skills if given a chance.

"Both Moeen and Stephen have been very consistent performers for Worcestershire and Lancashire and both counties and their coaching staffs, must take credit for their continued progress," Whitaker said. "This group has an exciting mix of youth and Twenty20 experience and I am sure with good preparation, desire and determination they will be able to produce an exciting brand of cricket."

Moeen's first senior call-up provides Giles with another top-order option as he prepares for an extended chance to work with his first-choice squad - minus the disbarred Pietersen - and attempts to press his case for the vacant England team director role.

Giles, who with Alastair Cook and Paul Downton formed the triumvirate that decided Pietersen's future, may have been left questioning the wisdom of that decision when discussions turned to the Caribbean tour and the subsequent World Twenty20.

The preference of Stuart Broad, the T20 captain, is unknown, though he will have been consulted during Downton's review of the Ashes debacle. Broad, who has an official deputy in Eoin Morgan, will also captain in the West Indies ODIs, with Cook rested.

Whitaker, Giles and Flower, who remains a selector for the time being, will have considered that their top three in Australia scored just 88 runs between them in eight innings. Michael Lumb, Alex Hales and Luke Wright have performed well for England in the past - Lumb and Wright were part of England's 2010 World Twenty20 win, while Hales was previously the No. 1-ranked batsman in the format - but none has the reputation and intimidatory qualities of Pietersen.

When England lifted their first global limited-overs trophy four years ago, Pietersen was at his exhilarating best, finishing as Man of the Tournament. Now, as in Sri Lanka in 2012, his absence will weigh heavily on those England have chosen in his stead.

World Twenty20 squad: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, captain), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, vice-captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex).

England squad to tour the Caribbean: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, captain), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, vice-captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Harry Gurney Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Parry (Lancashire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke Wright (Sussex).

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Posted by Hashimbaig on (February 12, 2014, 14:15 GMT)

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha England cant win with that squad. They need Anderson as a main fast bowler, and why selected Dernbach:(. Very very shameful for england because they also drop Kevin Pietersen:(. I think that england is gonna lose the t20 world cup very badly. The other teams like australia, Pakistan, south africa, new zealand and sri lanka they had big names in the squad, but india and england selected so many young players? India and england out of world t20 2014.

Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (February 10, 2014, 7:03 GMT)

Dernbach LOL. Might have to watch these games now. Will be good for a laugh.

Posted by yorkshire-86 on (February 8, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

The biggest problem with the England T20 setup is none of the players play the format. India skew thier international commitments to ensure every single player has 100% availibility for the IPL. Australia do likewise for the BBL, in fact most countries do for thier domestic league. However in England things are different. A couple of seasons ago I went down to watch Yorkshire play Durham in the T20, hoping to see star players like Bresnan and Bairstow - however I was informed these two would not be playing as they were 'playing for England'. Cant we come up with a schedule that ensures every single player has 100% availibility in our own T20 league? Its not like ODIs and Tests, where an England player plays 35 days of Test and 12 days of ODI cricket a summer - they only get around 4 T20s. Or why not have a mini tournament every year England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland and other local teams, 3 games per day and get a solid two weeks in where each team has a match every day?

Posted by CodandChips on (February 8, 2014, 11:29 GMT)

@JG2704 agree Stokes' performances have been overstated. He is a bits-and pieces player. Has stood out because the rest of the palyers have been so poor.

On Woakes, his first class stats are marginally better than Stokes I think. He is also referred to as a "green-top bowler", but he plays at Edgbaston, which is known to be a seamer's graveyard. His batting has improved nicely, perhaps at the expense of his bowling. But he could still merit a place as a batsman, who bowls a few handy overs with decent control? Also if Stokes needs a rest, what's wrong with trying another young allrounder such as Woakes/Borthwick. It's always useful to know your back-ups

Posted by JG2704 on (February 8, 2014, 10:36 GMT)

@CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 19:38 GMT) Re Stokes - I wonder if we're getting a little carried away here? I wonder if he was outstanding - more because the rest of the team (bar Broad) were so poor?

Don't get me wrong , there's still much to like about him and maybe he'll develop into the man for all 3 formats but I slightly worry about burnout/injury etc and he's not doing well enough in the SFs to warrant this risk. His T20/ODI batting SRs are 142/73 which equates at scoring at roughly 8.5 and 4.4. His ERs as a bowler are 10.3 and 5.7 so that's a 1.8 in T20s and 1.3 in ODIs difference in RPO. Ideally you want an all rounder's ER to be that much better , not that much worse.

Before the squad was announced for the Ashes I wanted Woakes in ahead of Stokes but Stokes is now the man in possession and I dont see room for both of them. Not sure Woakes can do it in SFs either

Posted by JG2704 on (February 7, 2014, 19:17 GMT)

@shewal on (February 7, 2014, 16:32 GMT) There's time for him to come back into the side. No one's writing his career off because he's not in these shorter formats squads. From our recent years sides Strauss,Bell,Prior and Jimmy all had one less successful stint in the side before they were recalled and Swann's ODI debut was nearly 9 years before his test debut. England should select players based on their performances and not just pick players because they've switched their allegiance. Also he probably wouldn't have played one tes had he stuck with Ireland

Posted by shewal on (February 7, 2014, 16:32 GMT)

So.. Rankin finally became a "Former Test Player"... was it worth leaving Ireland now? 1 Test for England vs Multiple Int'l ODIs/ T20 for Ireland...

Posted by sramesh_74 on (February 7, 2014, 12:16 GMT)

Jade Dernbach??? Again??? Unbelievable!!! I can hear batters from other teams saying..."here comes 4 powerplay overs"

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 7, 2014, 12:09 GMT)

Moeen Ali looks like Hashim Amla's far cousin. I hope he matches Amla in talent also.

Posted by cricketsubh on (February 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT)

i do not think england have any chance to win t20 world cup

Posted by CodandChips on (February 7, 2014, 7:17 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYAST also you seem to like Carberry- perhaps you've seen more of his county performances (are you a hants fan?). Personally I prefer his partner Vince, though Carberry did amazingly in the end of 2012 YB40.

Also I apolagise for the tone of my comment

Posted by CodandChips on (February 7, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYAST Agree that Bopara, Bresnan Wright are all too way inconsistent and Trego does have a good case. Arguably so does Carberry when you consider the amount of matches both Bopara and Wright have played without ever really performing.

@Landl47I also agree WT20was won with bowlers, which is why I wanted Napier.

Posted by landl47 on (February 7, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Moeen deserves his chance- he's developed into a very capable cricketer. Not sure if he's quite test class as a batsman (and he definitely isn't as a bowler), but in the short formats he could be very useful.

I've barely heard of, let alone seen, Parry; he seems like a gamble, but I guess England is in the position of having to gamble with spinners.

Let's be clear- England won the World T20 because of their bowling (no side made 150 against them), not Pietersen's batting. If they can hold every side they play to under 150 again, they have every chance of winning the trophy. Don't bet on it.

Which brings us to Dernbach. Presumably the selectors were so impressed with his 1-141 in 11 overs at an economy rate of 12.81 in Australia that they just couldn't leave him out. When will they ever learn?

Posted by shawnboomboomdeodat on (February 7, 2014, 0:35 GMT)

without KP their team lacks the intemidation. Morgan can be good at times,also wirght and Hales look out of form right now..So how consistent is Buttler?? West Indies should beat them in both series..

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2014, 22:04 GMT)

@CodandChips Team was based on guys left out.Yeah probably right about Kieswetter. Carberry did as well as anyone v Aus in the English Odi's he had bad luck run out 1 game where he sacrificed himself for Kp and games in difficult batting conditions/rain v Mitch and co. He hit a good half century in the last game when Mckay got a hatrick remember Root Trott Kp fell early in games so didn't really give him chance to play expansively he deserved a shot in T20 looking at how prolific he's been in the format I'd back him ahead of Lumb anyday. Is Trego more inconsistent than Bopara Wright or Bresnan ? Think he's been very unlucky.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

@JG2704 agree on Briggs "He seems to get a match here or a match there and usually it seems when England are struggling" sums it up nicely. Yes he has a poor economy, but has played barely any matches, and as far as I can remember almost every bowler gets taken apart in the matches he has played.

On Stokes I understand your concerns. But I feel Stokes is a bits-and-pieces players, and since he scores quickly and is confident to bowl at the death (not the most skilled death bowler mind), he is well suited to T20. If you're worried about him playing too much, why not rest him for the Tests vs SriLanka and gives Woakes a go?

Also when's Root gonna get a rest?

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

So Ireland's best bowler won't be there. Clever old England.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

Its about time Ali got a chance.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 6, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

@Gary Chilcott on (February 6, 2014, 15:48 GMT) Kieswetter was never getting in the sideahead of Buttler and I see they have only 1 WK in the squad. As a Somerset fan (even though he's left) I'd choose Jos over Craig every time for T20/ODIs. Craig has a worse tendancy of what Lumb and Hales were guilty of and that is purely relying on boundaries rather than also picking the gaps for ones and twos. So the only way he'd get in the side would be as an outfielder in place of Lumb. By keeping Lumb in there you get the left/right hand combo

Trego has never been given an opportunity and you'd have to feel he never will after his 2013 form. He wasnt even in the 30 man squad. Personally I'd like to have seen him given a go in the ODI squad in WI. Against that they may be wanting to build a side for the future but they've chopped and changed so many times even over the last year or so , they'll never have a settled side in these formats so why not try Trego when he's had such a great year?

Posted by InsideHedge on (February 6, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

So England have finally figured out that Danny Briggs isn't good enough. Soon the penny will drop with Bothwick's hopeless leg spinners. Next!

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 18:34 GMT)

@BRUTALANALYST- agree on no Dernbach, Napier over Bresnan, and that Lumb/Wright have never really delivered for England. but:

1.Carberry has never really looked comfortable when playing for England. Dropped the sitters in Ireland. Batted abysmally in the home ODIs. In the tests was sloppy batting and dropped the sitter

2." especially when none of them have really delivered for England given amount of games they've had" certainly does not apply to Hales- avergaes mid 30s

3. Kieswetter never really looked good as an England player. Not as destructive as he is made out to be, despite the T20 runs (unless he has improved).

4.Patel may be a better striker of a ball than Ali, but that is the only thing he is better at. Ali is far the better cricketer

5.Trego's name is mentioned from time to time. He has been a very destructive batsman for the last few years, but in my opinion is horribly inconsistent

6.Onions? Kabir Ali? Really?

7.No Morgan?

8.No Broad?

9.No Jordan?

Posted by pom_don on (February 6, 2014, 18:33 GMT)

When Dernbach burst on to the scene he was a mystery bowler.....now it is just a mystery how he gets picked here, heavens above! my prediction of Dernbach & Bopara getting picked & KP getting ousted has come true, makes about as much sense as chucking Vettel out of Red Bull would!

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Don't back Ali for T20 Patel is superior striker of the ball but I'd be happy to be proven wrong. Napier is much better than Bresnan anyone for Derbach Carberry and Kiesweeter must feel gutted after consistently outplaying Lumb/Wright/Hales in the FPT20 especially when none of them have really delivered for England given amount of games they've had. Trego's name never even seems to get mentioned despite topping pro40 runs . . .

Again 1.Carberry .2 Kieswetter 3.Vince 4.Trego 5.Taylor 6.Patel 7.Willey 8.Napier 9.Briggs 10.K Ali/Topley 11. Azharullah/Onions

Is a stronger side both Odi and T20

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

@Matthew Richards, Willey is inured, but if fit would certainly be a good option.

@Asad Khan potentially agree with you re Taylor, but Finn and Meaker? Finn has to remember how to bowl. Meaker was injured I think last year and was hugely down on pace (please anyone correct me if I'm wrong).

@Gary Chilott Kieswetter has never looked destructive in an England shirt, and I think his destructive capabilities for Somerset have at times been exaggerated. As for Trego he is too inconsistent and his bowling would be a massive risk imo, but I 'd rather see him than Wright/Lumb/Bopara.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

ODI make up will be interesting. Where will Morgan bat. Will the formula be ditched?

I reckon England will go: 1.Hales 2.Wright 3.Root 4.Ali 5.Morgan 6.Stokes 7.Buttler 8.Bresnan 9.Broad 10.Jordan 11.Tredwell

I would go, based on the squad: 1.Hales 2.Root 3.Ali 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Stokes 7.Bopara/Wright 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Gurney 11.Parry

Posted by SamWintson92 on (February 6, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

1. 80% including me think that KP should have been in the squad. 2. Is this called selection with exciting young players ? 3. What's Tim Bresnan doing in the squad ? He's a burden for the team, does nothing. 4. Jade Dernbach again ? 5. Micheal Lumb who only averages 24/25 in T20s ? 6. Owais Shah should be selected. 7. There a decent bunch of players like Jamie Overton, Adil Rashid, Chris Wood, Reece Topley, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Graham Napier, David Willey, Mohammad Azharullah, Boyd Rankin. Among them some could have made the squad but overlooked.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 17:31 GMT)


Dernbach is still a mystery. But Gurney's selection for the ODIs perhaps shows they might be prepared to look elsewhere in the future. Shame Willey is injured.

Gary Ballance and James Vince can perhaps feel a little aggrieved. Imo Luke Wright and Ravi Bopara have had poor England careers, and Lumb has hardly done much better. At least I suppose Wright scores well domestically, and Lumb bats with Hales for Notts. But would much rather see KP in the top 3.

Wondering how the teams will line up. Who will play. What will the balance be?Also would have liked to see Morgan captain. Will Morgan bat 4?

Predicted T20I team: 1.Lumb 2.Hales 3.Wright 4.Stokes 5.Morgan 6.Bopara 7.Buttler 8.Bresnan 9.Broad 10.Tredwell 11.Dernbach

Based on the squad, I would pick: 1.Hales 2.Ali 3.Root 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Wright 7.Stokes 8.Broad 9.Jordan 10.Parry 11.Gurney (yes I know not in WT20 squad- should replace Dernbach)

Posted by CodandChips on (February 6, 2014, 17:24 GMT)

Pleasing selection as it shows forward thinking. Moeen Ali can bat, and is another bowling option. Personally I feel you need many bowling options in your 11 in T20s, especially spinners.

Rankin had to go. He was selected on faith rather than county form, and although started well last summer, never really deserved a place imo. Briggs perhaps can feel a little aggrieved- small sample size, has bowled in games were all/most of the attack have been ripped to pieces, and bowled well in his only ODI. But Parry has performed on the county circut, and Briggs hasn't looked that good since the Ageas Bowl became flat.

A certain Kevin Pietersen can feel aggrieved. Perhaps also James Taylor- deserving of a spot certainly in the ODI side. But perhaps it's more beneficial that Taylor plays for the Lions- preparing for the test summer.

Disappointed to see Bresnan still there. He bowled well in 3 games the whole tour. He's not the player he used to be. Would rather have a certain Napier.

Posted by anton1234 on (February 6, 2014, 17:07 GMT)

I won't be watching England for a while. What poor treatment of their best and easily the most watchable batsman.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 17:05 GMT)

Where is James Taylor?? Y would u keep dernbach? He can't bowl to save his life. He gave the series away in Australia and should be replaced by Finn or Meaker. Thank you ecb for giving my boy mo a go, he is to sick to leave out

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 17:01 GMT)

Where is James Taylor?? Y would u keep dernbach? He can't bowl to save his life. He gave the series away in Australia and should be replaced by Finn or Meaker. Thank you ecb for giving my boy mo a go, he is to sick to leave out

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:52 GMT)

can't believe probably the best t20 all rounder in england doesn't make it- David Willey, Dernbach makes it how?

Posted by stumpedlloyd on (February 6, 2014, 16:23 GMT)

What does Dernbach have on the selectors and Giles that forces them to keep picking him? Honestly, if I promise to bowl 11 overs and give up 140 runs - 1 fewer than Jade did against the Aussies - will the ECB pick me? I could use a vacation in the Caribbean.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 16:10 GMT)

Bemused for selecting Ravi Bopara again and again. May be he is good in the dressing rooms....What about Kieswetter, the only English Batsman who always tries play offside and positively. There are no t20 specialist in that squad.......England will be the first team to come back from Bangladesh

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 15:48 GMT)

where are keiswetter and trego

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 15:44 GMT)

As a South African supporter, with England in our group for the world cup I'm extremely delighted with the exclusion of KP, who is by far England's best t20 batsman. I'm also even more delighted at the retention of Dernbach. They're both South African origin, one quite brilliant, the other who is in direct competition with Ishant Sharma for international cricket's most incompetent bowler.

England have definitely not picked the right squad. Batting wise, Hales, Bopara, Morgan and Buttler are a force to be reckoned with. Not sure about the rest. In terms of their bowlers, I don't see anyone besides Stuart Broad making much of an impact. If he doesn't perform they've had it.

From a cricketing perspective, England's selectors are a disgrace. Everyone wants to see a competitive England side, it makes for good cricket. I don't see this side competing with the likes of South Africa, Australia, India or even West Indies, Sri Lanka, Pakistan or New Zealand.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 15:33 GMT)

Terrible selection which is about what I had expected given those picking the names. Dernbach, Bopara, Lumb and Tredwell have done nothing to justify selection. Bresnan is little better Broad demonstrated nothing in the way of captaincy skills and Morgan should be captain. It is however good news about Ali who should have gone to Australia' Parry is interesting and I hope he does well. Overall, if this is the future of England cricket I fear for us.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 14:58 GMT)

Oh my God! Poor Dernbach. What more can he do to try and get out of the team? giving away 141 from 11 overs is the most anyone can do. I dare every single bowler in England to better him. Let him free! We do have competitors in Bresnan and now even Parry. I am pretty sure Bresnan will give away at least 50 runs in every match. And of course, three is Parry. The guy who can't beat Kerrigan for a place in Lancashire is bound to get screwed up in Bangladesh against almost every team. After all this they can't include Kwiswetter and Trego? Keiswetter won us the T20 World Cup once along with KP. None of them will be there for this T20WC. RIP England!

Posted by dreamliner on (February 6, 2014, 14:52 GMT)

Winning a tough game of cricket is all about forming partnerships, and this Ashes I was looking forward to seeing KP form a couple of big ones with Amla, sorry I mean Ali :) But what was meant to be did not transpire because of the 'lucky dip' selection fiasco.

It seems we have a suspect selection process with dithering accountability. The absence of reasons for selection from ECB often fuels debate between posters who, left to their own conclusions, throw all kinds of facts, avg, SR, 100s, recent form, age, conditions, etc. As well select, ECB need to explain selections i.e. KP.

Perhaps it would be good of Cricinfo to name the Selectors before the squads- Just we know who they are for each format as they are just as important as those selected, if not more controversial.

Yodha- 2 of the best English t20 batsmen in the world; KP and Owais Shah, ECB have now failed to retain . Bres and Dernbach out; matchloosers in current form, both of them are.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

@JG2704 "If KP is outed for his dressing room antics then Dernbach must make the best cup of tea ever"....Love it, made me LOL.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

chris gayle must be rubbing his batting gloves together after looking at that bowling line up

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

this team would have been much stronger if pietersen was there.england have some good t20 specialists but i can't see this team reaching the semis of t20 world cup.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

Moeen Ali deserves a t20 selection.

Posted by vimal03 on (February 6, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

I think ECB these day keep surprising cricket fans. However I can't comment on Moeen or Parry (haven't seen them plying) but think they have done good to be included in the squad. But how did Root and Dernbach got into the squad?. Both of this payers have opposite goals. Root to score 1 run in 6 balls and Dernbach to give 15 run in 6 balls. As a neutral fan i don't think revaluation in England will reflect the a strong team it the results that is going to reflect the strong team. We have already noticed how these players played without KP in Australia (t20) now let's wait for the worse to come. We'll done Cook and flower

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 14:28 GMT)

Moeen has been scoring runs...in the second division. Good luck to him.

His spin bowling may be a useful back up.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (February 6, 2014, 14:17 GMT)

This 11 would smash ECB's side in both T20 and ODi's

1.Carberry .2 Kieswetter 3.Vince 4.Trego 5. 6.Taylor 6.Patel 7.Willey 8.Napier 9.Briggs 10.K Ali/Topley 11. Azharullah -

Cannot believe Carbbery has never been given a shot absolutely killed it last 2 years !

Posted by mautan on (February 6, 2014, 14:09 GMT)

Can somebody in ECB expalin the inclusion of Dernbach? The guy must be petrified at bowling at international batsman by now! Is it now a 'do as you feel, you have all the power' in ECB? Please explain reasons behind not taking Peiterson for World T20 and taking Dernbach...I think winning the cup is the last thing on the mind of ECB. Please give Dernbach a break now...he must be stressed out at getting selected al the time!

Posted by pontingkhan on (February 6, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Good approach to include some more young blood into the side. Moeen will be handy with his spin, but I am certain that without a spinner as good as Swann, England cannot be on top in any format in the foreseeable future !

Posted by wnwn on (February 6, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Moeen should be in the test team also.

Posted by Manxmuppet on (February 6, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Wow, that is a shock........England have picked a player who in form and has been for the last 12 months. It'll be an even bigger surprise if he actually plays a game.

(sorry for the sarcasm but England cricket has driven me to it!)

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 13:46 GMT)

best of luck Moeen

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 13:45 GMT)

Gud to see Moeen there... I rem in 2004 in practice domestic T20 match he score 194

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

The unfathomable fact that Jade Dernbach keeps getting selected is more controversial than the omission of Kevin Pietersen.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 13:22 GMT)

What does Dernbach have to do to get dropped? Or Lumb for that matter? Or Hales? Or Root? So much for a new era and a change of team ethic and philosophy.

Posted by RichardMallender on (February 6, 2014, 13:20 GMT)

Pleased for Moeen Ali, who deserves his chance and Gurney is certainly worth looking at. They also need to use Luke Wright better.

But... Dernbach... what does he have to do to get dropped?! 11 overs, 1 for 141 in the T20 series in Aus and still gets picked. Utter madness as he has consistently shown he is anything but an international bowler, yet seems to be certain of a place in the ODI/T20 squads. The only logical conclusion I can make, is that this woeful performer must have something on someone high up in the ECB.....??!!

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (February 6, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

O.K. I'll admit Parry is a big surprise, but Ali is hardly a shock! Fans have been talking about him for months already.

I think Briggs is unlucky to miss out. I'd have him ahead of Parry, despite struggling for impact in the recently concluded series against Australia (but what bowler didn't?). If Ali is such a "capable" spinner, and the likes of Tredwell, Root and Bopara (O.K. he's not spinner, but I'm including him here as he takes the pace off the ball and is generally used more as a fill-in bowler) are there, why tinker about with Parry of all people instead of managing Briggs better?

The scars of the recently concluded Ashes tour are still no doubt fresh in people's eyes. Best not read into the squad too much yet and start making predictions of what will transpire in the Caribbean and beyond...

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 13:19 GMT)

Samit Patel or Greame White would be a better option than Stephen Parry. What else Jade Dernbach needs to do in order to get dropped ? Why not Carberry in the squad ( t20 stats last year were good )? I think there are far too many seam up options, providing they will be playing the World Cup in Bangladesh . Definitely quarter finals is a worth, with a bit of luck may be a semi final?

Posted by JG2704 on (February 6, 2014, 13:17 GMT)

Cant remember who was in the 30 man squad.

Personally I'm not sure about Stokes in this format and is there a danger of him playing too much cricket? Is Willey a long term injury concern? Also if they're playing Root I hope they'll be more willing to use him as a bowling option. I think I'd have preferred Patel as a bowling option but I suppose Ali has had a better T20 season so why not? Feel for Briggs. He seems to get a match here or a match there and usually it seems when England are struggling. If KP is outed for his dressing room antics then Dernbach must make the best cup of tea ever

Posted by   on (February 6, 2014, 13:02 GMT)

Best wishes Moeen, a long deserved selection. Well done!

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