England in India 2012-13 December 28, 2012

Bairstow to miss India ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jonny Bairstow will miss England's ODI tour of India in January due to a family illness. Joe Root, who made his England debut in the fourth Test in Nagpur, will replace him in the squad.

Bairstow was in England's Test and T20 squads before Christmas but flew home before the second T20 on compassionate leave.

He will now remain at home with his family but is expected to join the England one-day squad for the T20 and ODI series against New Zealand in February.

Bairstow played the latest of his five Tests in Mumbai but was replaced by Ian Bell who returned from paternity leave to play the third Test. He didn't play again on the tour having been left out of the opening T20 after which he returned home.

Bairstow made an immediate impression on international cricket with a matchwinning 41 not out on debut against India in Cardiff in September 2011. But he has only scored another 78 runs in six matches since - five of them against India in October 2011.

His replacement Root is another talented young Yorkshireman. He was a surprise pick to make his Test debut in the fourth Test in Nagpur but played with confidence for 73 in the first-innings and closed out the draw with a brief unbeaten knock in the second innings. He then made his T20 debut in Mumbai. Root is yet to play an ODI but has scored 748 List A runs at 34.00.

Root joins a squad that includes Kevin Pietersen for the first time since England swept Pakistan 4-0 in the UAE in February. England will have to decide on a return to the opening partnership of Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook that averaged 84.50 against Pakistan with two centuries each or remain with Bell who was given a second life in the ODI side when he replaced Pietersen against West Indies and averaged 54.90 throughout the summer.

With no Jonathan Trott in the squad, either Pietersen or Bell will bat at No. 3 with Eoin Morgan at No. 4. Root could be picked to make his debut at No. 5 if England decide against playing both Craig Kieswetter and Jos Buttler - both played the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Dubai, Buttler's only ODI appearance, but with his good showing in recent T20s and Kieswetter's failure to make a half-century in 2012, Buttler could be asked to keep wicket, paving the way for Root to be selected.

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  • Nicholas on December 31, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    It's not that awful Norovirus is it? I had it just before Christmas - it's really doing the rounds this year in UK. Very weakening indeed.

  • John on December 30, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (December 30 2012, 13:42 PM GMT) It's weird , despite his good run last year I'm not so convinced about Bell and I don't really like Bell,Cook and Trott in the same ODI side. Think we're on the same wavelength re Hales and Wright and if we're resting players I'd like to see both given a go. I like both Taylor and Root and would have no probs with one over the other. A friend of mine has recently moved to Sydney and he says he'll go to one of the Sixers games. All the best to you and all genuine cricket fans for 2013

  • John on December 30, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    @JG2704 on (December 30 2012, 09:51 AM GMT), I'm not a huge T20 fan but I try to take some workmates who are not cricket fans to a game each year. Last year we went to the Thunder/Sixers Sydney derby and it rained most of the night and this year we saw the Brisbane Heat beat the Thunder in the 17th over. The game was still quite good to watch though, which is the most important thing. None of us were especially invested in a Sydney win. I'm also going to go and see one of the Lions/Aus A games at the SCG. I agree re Patel and Wright. Patel's a good enough player but he just isn't good enough as a specialist batsman. Wright has shown what he can do in T20 and there's no reason to believe that he couldn't do as well in ODIs. As for Hales, they may be reticent to play him down the order as he's an opener by trade but so is Root. I don't really think that Root or Patel should be in the squad a s specialist batsmen over Wright, Hales or even Taylor.

  • John on December 30, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (December 30 2012, 00:50 AM GMT) You went to the BBL game then? I noticed Wright didn't play in the last BBL game so I wonder if he was just contracted for a few matches or if he'll be back for the next game. Matt hasn't started brilliantly but then you look at how Gayle has started. I think anyone can be dangerous or mediocre s in this format. I'd have had Wright in the side regardless of injuries/resting players and if Patel isn't going to bowl I'd have Wright in above him for sure

  • John on December 30, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    @JG2704 on (December 29 2012, 17:41 PM GMT), good point. Given that Root is an opener by trade, it was a surprise to see him played at #6 in the last Test. That was a difference situation though, with an opener's temperament an asset in the conditions. Coming in lower down in ODIs is a completely different proposition though and Wright's form and contributions in T20s lately does warrant a callup. Maybe his BBL contract is a factor in his not being selected though. On the subject of the BBL, saw Matt Prior live in Sydney Thunder's most recent loss. Batted OK given the short time he was in the country and took an excellent catch at first slip. Maybe England need to give Bairstow the gloves in Test matches so Prior can bolster the slip cordon. ;-)

  • John on December 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Obviously hope things turn out ok for the family member.

    As for his replacement , I'd like to have seen Wright in there especially if they are not going to use Patel's bowling but I'm not sure what the deal is with his BB side

  • John on December 29, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    @Wayne Perry on (December 29 2012, 02:24 AM GMT), given that Bell is currently opening and has been playing well in ODIs, they aren't going to remove now. If his performance dips and they do need to look for another opener, then it will be interesting to see who they go for. Given that KP was the incumbent before Bell then he's a possibility. Given that they seem to be looking to give KP some more rest though, I'm not sure that they'll want to be swapping openers regularly. In that case, I would have liked to have seen Hales be the man to come in but, with Root coming in for Bairstow, there's every chance that England would consider him as the next opener, which would be a shame because Hales has looked very good in T20s.

  • Dummy4 on December 29, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Surely Alex Hales should have been promoted to the odi instead. No need to open with KP & Bell anymore with Hales around.

  • Vikram on December 28, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    I hope all is well soon for Bairstow's family.

  • Jay on December 28, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    I hope things get okay for him and his family. Personally, I would have loved to see him show what he's capable of in limited overs cricket against the world champions. He's one of my choice players to shoulder the middle order batting for the world cup in 2015. Anyway, hopefully I can see him play some other time in India. I am kind of angry on Samit Patel at the moment and the reason for that should be quite obvious.

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