England in New Zealand 2012-13 January 24, 2013

Woakes replaces Bresnan for NZ


Chris Woakes has been selected ahead of Tim Bresnan in England's 15-man squad for the three Test series in New Zealand.

The omission of Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel are the other changes from the squad that beat India 2-1 before Christmas.

Woakes, Warwickshire's 23-year-old swing bowling allrounder, has played seven ODIs and three T20s for England but is yet to make his Test debut.

He has an excellent record at domestic level - a first-class batting average of 38.25 and first-class bowling average of 25.56 - and, despite a concern about the lack of pace in his bowling, has an ability to swing the ball both ways that could prove valuable in New Zealand. He recently had a brief stint with Wellington in New Zealand domestic cricket and claimed four wickets in two first-class matches at a cost of 57.50 apiece.

Bresnan, who has struggled to recapture his potency since an elbow operation in December 2011, will instead have the elbow assessed to see if any further treatment is required. Before the operation, Bresnan's Test bowling average was 23.60. Since the operation it is 55.43.

"We have a busy international summer ahead of us and the medical team felt this was an ideal opportunity for Tim Bresnan to take some time out to ensure his elbow is functioning effectively," Geoff Miller, England national selector, said. "Chris Woakes has impressed on the England Performance Programme and with England Lions and Warwickshire in recent years as well as with England in the limited overs formats. This is a good opportunity for him to gain further experience in the international environment."

England also announced that Craig Kieswetter has been dropped from the one-day squad and will return to Somerset to prepare for the new domestic season. Kieswetter has played 46 ODIs and 25 T20s for England, averaging 30.11 and 21.91 respectively.

"Craig has had an extended opportunity in ODI and T20 cricket," Miller said. "He has shown evidence of delivering performances on the international stage however we don't feel these have been delivered consistently enough. As we look forward to the Champions Trophy and Cricket World Cup in 2015 we will look to explore other options.

"The door is not closed to Craig, and he can fight his way back into contention for international selection through consistent high performances with Somerset."

Joe Root, Woakes and James Harris have been added to the ODI squad for the three-match series against New Zealand. Root's call-up means James Taylor has been appointed captain of the England Lions tour to Australia, for which Rikki Clarke, at the age of 31, has been called-up. The squad will play a series of limited-overs games in February.

Clarke has enjoyed a resurgence since joining Warwickshire for the 2009 season. Last year he averaged 32.14 with the bat and 18.00 with the ball in List A cricket. He played two Tests - both against Bangladesh -and 20 ODIs between 2003 and 2006.

England Test squad
Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

England T20 squad
Stuart Broad (capt), Jonny Bairstow, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

England ODI squad
Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, James Harris, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

England Lions squad
James Taylor (capt), Gary Ballance, Scott Borthwick, Danny Briggs, Varun Chopra, Rikki Clarke, Matthew Coles, Ben Foakes, Alex Hales, Simon Kerrigan, Stuart Meaker, Craig Overton, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, James Vince, Chris Wright

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • John on January 26, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    @SirViv1973 on (January 24 2013, 21:00 PM GMT) PS - Why would it be a bad thing for England if Bell was rested and someone else came in and did a better job? Surely that has been a major problem in our selections in that we overdo the loyalty thing and it costs us. Jade (and others) in shorter formats - Bell and certain bowlers in tests. Jonny played better in 1 test vs SA than Bell did in the whole series. I'm not saying I want Jonny or whoever in or Bell out but I want to see equal opportunities and based on how the players are currently performing. Otherwise you are saying to a player you're in the side no matter how you perform and saying to a fringe player , the only way you get in is if we have an injury

  • John on January 25, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @RedRoseMan (Jan 25 2013, 11:02) I think Wright is at the top of his game right now. He was our best batsman in the T20WC - Re Craig - I'm not saying he should remain in the side but he has probably done better than Jade with the ball and Jade keeps his place. Even in the 1st ODI he finished the inns well. Just wondering when Jade last bowled well for England?

  • John on January 25, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    @ brusselslion on (January 24 2013, 14:34 PM GMT) I said about this back along. I'd prefer to have seen Swann and Jimmy play the ODI series in India and KP the T20 series than a test series in NZ although I still think the selectors would have got it wrong and played Swann instead of Tredwell rather than alongside him

    @SirViv1973 on (January 24 2013, 20:01 PM GMT) Personally , I don't think the 5/1/5 will ever happen - if they weren't prepared to try it when we were so woeful in UAE/SL and needed a win to preserve our number 1 ranking they'll never do it imo - although the difference with Woakes (from Bres and Broad) is that Woakes has been good enough for Warwicks with the bat alone in 2012 to earn a chance. Personally I think the selectors our hindering our chances and are so often stuck in a rut because past of past performances

    Please publish this time

  • Dean on January 25, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @Yorkshire 86, I think the biggest problem with having Monty in the ODI side is that he dosen't offer anything with the bat & despite having tried very hard over the yrs to improve his fielding he remains a liabilty, so for those reasons i'm not surprised Eng don't consider him for ODI's anymore. Besides Eng know what Monty can offer, in selecting Treadwell & giving him a chance the selectors have managed to find a player who looks at home at this level & can more than do a job if called upon in future, he's been Eng's best bowler in the series by some distance.

  • paul on January 25, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @ RedRoseMan The fact is though that Wright is a far better batsman than what he was when he last played 50 over cricket for England and if he was good enough then why isn't he good enough now. He was awesome for Sussex last season in list A averaging 57 with 3 tons to his name at a run a ball, which was the best among England players if I'm not mistaken. He's obviously just concentrated on his batting the last couple of year less so being an all rounder and playing all around the world has helped him no end to become a more complete batsman. By comparison Hales averaged 31 with zero tons.

  • Jeff on January 25, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    Patel is still the weak point in the team. One good game every ten and a walking wicket the other nine. We need 5 decent bowlers and batting to at least 7. The bowlers we need back the most are Tremlett and Panesar, people rave about Anderson but he has never been a great limited overs bowler. Monty should be playing in India right now, no excuses.

  • Dean on January 25, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @jb633, I completely disagree with your point about the IPL having an effect on the standard of overseas players Counties can attract. The IPL only started in 2008 and EC were struggling to find quality o'eas players long before that. The biggest single factor is the increase in of fixtures in the International calender over the last 12 -15 yrs & the advent of Central contracts. When I was growing up in the 80's we used to see all the world stars playing in CC as there was no international cricket during our summer. Things started to change a bit in the 90's as there began to be a steady increase in international commitments. However since the the start of the 00s its become almost impossible for Counties to sign current international players for the whole season.Since then counties have either had to chop & change their o'seas player using then on short term contracts or bring in a retired int or solid FC player from oz or SAF, the IPL has had little or no bearing on this.

  • Dean on January 25, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @davidpk, We certainly shouldn't take this series for granted. NZL have arguably their 2 most talented batsman likely to return in the form of Taylor & Ryder, there's also the return of their 2 best bowlers in Vettori & Southee & the possible inclusion of Ronchi as keeper/Batsman, who was close to getting in the oz team a few yrs back when Gilchrist retired. Add to the fact NZL will be at home, then I think this could be quite a tight series.

  • Charles on January 25, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    I think England have to look at their medical back up as both Bresnan and Broad have certainly been carrying injuries which should have ben sorted out. We have the reserves ( Onions , Meaker and Harris ) so there were plenty of alternatives who were fit and who also had been playing well enough to deserve a chance.

    I hope that Bresnan will regain his form as he is a fine bowler and also that Broad will not be selected until his bowling pace is right up again.

  • david on January 25, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    kiwicricketnut not sure if the majority on here thinks its a forgone conclusion i know i dont. you were beaten in saffa land but we more than struggled against them. we should win but away from home not always sure with England. your best result in years was the drawn series in oz were they took you lightly.the English team and management for certain do not think it will be a cake walk. all 3 forms of the game will be keenly fought. but on form we should win the tests but i think you will will the shorter form games. England with the rotation and kp missing will be a big miss. bring it on should be a great contest.