England in India 2012-13

Anderson, Trott rested from ODIs

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December 18, 2012

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Virender Sehwag lost his middle stump against James Anderson, India v England, 4th Test, Nagpur, 2nd day, December 14, 2012
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England have rested fast bowler James Anderson and batsman Jonathan Trott from the ODI series in India in January and replaced them with Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler. They have also included batsman Joe Root in the Twenty20 squad for the two matches in December before they return home for Christmas.

"Woakes and Buttler replace Anderson and Trott in the India ODI squad as the selectors look to manage workloads," the ECB said in a statement.

Anderson had originally been selected only to play the first three matches of the five-ODI series, but he will now miss the entire contest after playing an important role in England's 2-1 victory in the Test series in India.

Woakes, who is currently playing domestic cricket in New Zealand, has played six ODIs, taking seven wickets at 29.14 and scoring 72 runs. Most of scalps came in one innings when he claimed 6 for 45 against Australia in Brisbane. He spent a lot of time around the squad during 2012 without commanding a regular place.

Buttler, the 22-year-old Somerset batsman, only has one ODI cap under his belt. In that match, against Pakistan in Dubai, he collected a second-ball duck.

Root was added to the T20 squad that was weakened by the injury to Stuart Broad, who will be replaced as captain as Eoin Morgan. Although Root face 229 balls for his 73 on debut, he also has a more flamboyant side to his game as he showed briefly in the second innings and has demonstrated for Yorkshire in the domestic Friends Life t20.

England play Twenty20 internationals on December 20 and 22 before returning home for Christmas and the New Year. They return to India in the first week of January for the ODI series.

Twenty20 squad: Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan (capt), Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Luke Wright, Joe Root, James Harris.

ODI squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler.

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Posted by JG2704 on (December 21, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (December 21 2012, 10:29 AM GMT) To be fair to the majority of our regular fans , when we won the T20/ODI series in UAE , we were seeing it as a scant consolation. The fact that our selectors have gone into the T20/ODI seies' without Swann (who IMO is our best shorter forms player) and the T20s without KP speaks volumes about how the selectors see these 2 series. Not agreeing with resting KP but can see why they're resting Swann and while I'd love us to win the next T20 match and do well in the ODIs I can't see it happening

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 21, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

@jb633: T20 is as REAL as Tests are. There is nothing diluted about the quality of the game. I could argue that a team could lose a session or 2 in tests yet win the match but if a team loses a sequence of 4-5 overs in a T20 match then it will usually lose the match. The T20 format is more demanding physically (in terms of sustained hitting and agility) as well as mentally. The T20 format is less forgiving and has less scope of rectifying mistakes. Even if a batsman scores 30 of 17 balls in T20 he may still need to carry it on to win the match - imagine the sustained pressure. This is not the case in Tests. You can pad the ball for many overs with no runs and it won't hut you much. A T20 match guarantees a decisive result. This has totally diff implications than a test where a draw could be seen as a draw or be a win or a loss. I do not see T20s or ODIs patronizingly. For me they are all real. T20 would still be cricket even without the paraphernalia that it often gets linked with.

Posted by jb633 on (December 21, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

@Harmony111- I think the point you raise about globalising the game is very insightful. Personally I do not think too much significance should be placed on the results of T20 games but they should be about entertainment and getting the crowd involved. I have no problem with the sideshows (bouncy castles or whatever) to draw the kids towards the game of cricket. However once the kids learn the basics they should be schooled in the arts of test cricket. T20 cricket is important in the sense that it can act as a sprinboard to the real format. At the end of the day though people who enjoy the game want to see the skills that make cricket great, ie rapid bowlers, well crafted 100's, masterly spin bowling etc. The T2O format is like diluted cricket and it makes it easier for a minnow side to compete. Eventually though we need to see who is the best team. We need the Ashes or Ind vs Pak series where players go down in legend. At some point we will always want to see which side is the best.

Posted by Harmony111 on (December 21, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@Arun Masilamoni: Thanks for your kind words. @JG2704: Ofc if it was between an 80 year old cup and a come-n-go ODI series most will pick the Ashes. But I read similar comments after Eng's loss in WC too. When Eng had lost to BD I recall reading a few comments that were like "We got the Ashes that's it". Even here I find a few ppl who are already talking lowly of the ODIs and T20s. Maybe its sour grapes. Tests are fine, but why should the WC ODI be ridiculed? Regarding the Ind fans who say Tests are obsolete and T20s are the future, I agree only partially. T20 is the format that will globalize this game, Tests wont. Once ppl play T20s they will get drawn to the Tests. Arnold began as a newbie once and as he climbed the levels he eventually competed at Mr. Universe & Olympia. We begin by hillwalking and then some go on to climb Everest. We need to fix our test team but unlike some who want 8-9 of the players to be dropped I want only a few changes, 2-3 at most - Service not dismantling.

Posted by g.narsimha on (December 21, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

JG27O4-(20-12-12-21:20 PM GMT)-i was exepecting this result after waching the magnicient batting display by ENG in second inning of the first match , that was launching pad ,the score in exceess of 400 instilled confidence in u r team, had they fallowed suit the way they batted in the first inning , we would have seen deferent result ,i enjoy test cricket & its really sadden me the way our seniors & most imoportantly the men at helm- BCCI is not serios enough to adress the vital issues , now we won a t-20 match, if do better in odis , than this humiliation of loosing 10 tests at trot at home & away will only conifine to recordbooks.

Posted by Hammond on (December 20, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

There is an old Latin word that has a wealth of meaning here. Gravitas. It has various meanings in English, usually connoting a sense of weight, importance, depth, and in ancient Rome if you had "Gravitas" you would be better remembered by your ancestors. Limited over forms of cricket, (and I will concede ODI WC being the only exception) carry no Gravitas. No-one remembers, or cares about bi-lateral odi series. Australians in particular have completely forgotten that England whitewashed them in ODI's last year, but most Australians know that England got beaten by South Africa in the test series that came straight after. Can anyone remember what happened in the odi series that directly followed it? I can't. And that is my whole point. Test cricket has gravitas, the other forms of the game patently do not. Hence the care factor is lower (or in my case non-existent).

Posted by JG2704 on (December 20, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

@Harmony111 on (December 20 2012, 12:19 PM GMT) TBH it doesn't really matter what folk think. We all have our preferences. Re Australia/England - I think is different from India/Eng in that most Australia/Eng fans seem to prefer tests to ODIs esp on those tournaments. I was disappointed with our displays in the ODIs after that series but if I had a choice between winning the Ashes or the ODI series it would be the Ashes every time. By contrast we came away from UAE having won the ODIs by whitewash and the T20 series too but that was scant consolation to most of our regulars. TBH most of our regular posters (I'm not talking about the cheerleaders who come and go) seemed to go for India in all 3 formats on this tour. I said pre test series that I thought that because of the fragility of both sides that it was the best chance of a 4-0 whitewash for India but because of the fragility of India it could be Engs best chance to win a test series in India. After the 1st test I feared the worst

Posted by   on (December 20, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

Harmony111: I love your post. You are truly a person of wisdom, and are a genuine lover of cricket. Good analogies, especially of the Opera-Rock tension: it is so easy to fall into bias or just plain social-climbing in such comparisons. I have often been guilty of both, and will doubtless find occasion to be so in future. However, I enjoyed coming across a mind as clear and straightforward as yours.

I enjoyed the 4th Test; it was good to see a pitch that tested batsmen's technique and temperament. Probably the old groundsman's tribute to Gavaskar and Boycott (we actually used to call them the 'Test match opening bores'. Imagine!). Pietersen came through in flying colours and proved what we have all suspected: that he is the best batsman in the world today, even considering Amla and Clarke.

And what a gem England has revealed in Joe Root! Why isn't he playing the ODI's? This boy will go far if given the chance. Use him now while he has all the energy and focus of extreme youth.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 20, 2012, 16:59 GMT)

If Chris Woakes can bat at 6 or 7 in the test team and get 50s consistently like Prior does, England can play Anderson, Finn, Panesar and Swann irrespective of climatic conditions and pitch nature. It will be very good as they are the four best bowlers in England.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (December 20, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

I agree with JG2704, england look a little light,and dont know why KP isnt in the T20 squad, unless he struck a deal to get time off for christmas so that he could with his family, and most of the guys in the T20 squad are young and single with no ties.

I do find it strange that the ECB wouldnt wrap the T20's up with the Post Christmas ODI series.

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