Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 5, 2012

Briggs and Buttler in line for ODI call up


England are set to shake-up their ODI squad for the four-match series against Pakistan that starts in Abu Dhabi on February 13. Someset's Jos Buttler and Danny Briggs of Hampshire could earn a call-up to the ODI squad for the first time.

Buttler, 21, has been in good form recently for England Lions. He and 20-year-old Briggs are the players most likely to win a call-up to the squad, while Ian Bell may pay the price for England's limited-overs failings. Bell has passed 50 only once in his last 14 ODI innings and has looked distinctly uncomfortable against Saeed Ajmal's spin bowling in the current Test series. James Anderson is also far from certain to be included.

England have two aims: to improve their chequered ODI form and build a side that can challenge for the World Cup in Australasia in early 2015. But those aims may not be completely compatible with England likely to include a third spinner for this series in conditions that will differ markedly from those anticipated at the World Cup.

England have a mixed ODI record. While their home form remains impressive - they won series against both World Cup finalists, India and Sri Lanka, at home in 2011 - their away form is grim. They lost all five matches against India in October and 14 of their last 20 outside England. They have won just five and tied the other.

Their record in Asia is even more gruesome. Since December 12, 2005, England have won just 12 of 38 ODIs in Aisa and four of those victories came against Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

Buttler struck two centuries in his last four innings for the Lions against Sri Lanka A, including one from 56 deliveries. He broke into England's T20 side towards the end of the English season after impressing in several important games - notably the CB40 final and the FPt20 quarter-final. He is seen as having the big-match temperament and the big-hitting game to prove a destructive ODI player. And can also keep wicket.

The squad is also likely to contain at least three spinners with Briggs the most likely to join Graeme Swann and Samit Patel. The legspinner Scott Borthwick, with his extra batting ability, is another possibility, though Briggs' superior control gives him an edge. Moeen Ali, who is currently playing domestic cricket in for Moors Sports Club in Sri Lanka, would be another option.

Monty Panesar is also an outside bet to win a recall. He played the last of his 26 ODIs in 2007 but he is bowling well with 14 wickets in two Tests and, aged just 29, should still be fit in 2015.

In a bid to improve the tempo of England's batting, Kevin Pietersen is likely to be given another opportunity to open the innings, with Craig Kieswetter dropping down to bat at No. 5. While England hope Pietersen can exploit the Powerplay overs, Kieswetter is also seen as an accomplished hitter of the older, softer ball.

Both may require productive series to silence their critics. Kieswetter has only passed 50 once in his last 24 ODIs, while Pietersen has not made a score of 80 or more since November 2008. Indeed, in that period, he has only passed 50 three times in 34 innings. But England have invested a lot of time in both of them and would be loathe to change tactics now.

The likes of Steven Davies, James Taylor and Joe Root are also vying for places but Tom Maynard and Jason Roy have experienced difficult Lions tours and may have to wait a little longer for an opportunity.

England (possible): Alastair Cook (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Craig Kieswetter (wkt), Samit Patel, Jos Buttler (wkt), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jonny Bairstow, Jade Dernbach, Danny Briggs, Ravi Bopara.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Martin on February 6, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    Can anyone hear that voice? Sounds like an Australian who got locked in the cellar... Of world cricket

  • stuart on February 6, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Randy Oz.Yeah we lost to a better team.What happened with you and New Zealand.By your logic beating Ind 4-0 is nowt as we managed that.We still have the Ashes mate.One poor series by our batting lost us this series.You got bowled out for 47 in familiar conditions so stroll on mate.See you next year when we will have blooded some young talent.There is enough young English talent without the need for South Africans or god awful players like Morgan

  • Jackie on February 6, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Not quite sure of the logic of all this except as short term answers to a long term problem. Or the logic of the reasoning which says Bell should be dropped because he hasn't got more than one 50 in 14 innings, but apparently Kieswetter is Ok with his one 50 in 24 innings, and KP 3 50s in 34 innings. I think Bell would have a few more 50s from 34 innings? Bell needs confidence from his coach at the moment. Fat chance from Flower who wouldn't play him when he was at the height of his powers!! Just abysmal management. But Flower won't receive a single word of criticism from the media who berate the players in preference.

  • Paul on February 6, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Can someone just remond me when Cook became an ODI batsman? He's only in the team because England are lining him up to be the next captain but he's not worth his place in the side. And with Trott at three we could well be going at four an over for the first 35 overs with those two accumulating their way towards the final slog. Pressure on the youngsters at the end and once again, 220 all out. I say we get rid of Cook (who is a poor fielder as well), move Trott up to open (like Amla does for SA), Buttler has to play based on his performances, ditch Dernbach, who looks like a one trick pony, forget about Bairstow for the time being (looked all at sea in India), think about Davies again, definitely use Finn and give Swann the captaincy.

  • Jacob on February 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    @RandyOZ i presume from your name that you are, unfortunately, a Austrailian. when England start losing test matches at home to N.Z and lose home ashes series then they can be called the "worst team on earth". And i suppose that those "6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports", refers to Bell (whose english by the way :) ) who averaged over 100, Cook (whose also english :) ) averaged over 80, and bowling wise Broad, Bresnan, Tremlett, Swann and Anderson (all English :) ) made sure england RETAINED the ashes. And when we have to turn to Steven Smith to represent our test 5 times, then we can be declared awful.

  • Stark on February 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @ RandyOZ Yep, the same Pakistani team which rolled over Aus for 88 and the same Eng team which thrashed Aus in Aus!

  • Charles on February 6, 2012, 13:36 GMT

    @RandyOZ - You really don't do yourself any favours. "Literally the worst team on earth" beat Australia 3-1 a year ago, with a second string attack I hasten to add. Khawaja, their "import", averaged 22 against New Zealand, of all teams; at least ours' were capable of making runs.

    England's ODI side is in urgent need of restructuring, and some fresh faces would be very much welcome. England seem to frequently struggle in the fifty over format, a player of Jos Buttler's ability in the shorter forms could help to really reinvigorate England in limited overs cricket. James Taylor and Gary Ballance both look fine prospects, although England are in danger of stacking their top order with "accumulators" so I'm not sure there's room for a batsman of Taylor's nature at this point. As far as bowlers go, I think Chris Woakes is very much deserving of a recall, I seem to remember he was rather unfairly dropped favour of Liam Plunkett in Australia after collecting a six-fer.

  • Dummy4 on February 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Pakistan just Dominate in tests and they Will in odis in T20 too with boom boom and umar akmal.

  • John on February 6, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (February 06 2012, 11:54 AM GMT) Not that your comms have anything to do with this subject - predictable nonetheless. So I'm guessing Australia - who England beat 3-1 on your turf a year ago are LITERALLY from another planet. Also quite funny that you and your alias Jonesy keep going on abouth our lack of depth in the bowling dept.Who was it Australia were carting out the other night , Lee and Hogg ? Hogg is 41. And what was even funnier was that they weren't the worst bowlers in the Australian line up. I hope ESPN publish this although I know that all you ever do is post a trash comment and then run away from the heat

  • Randolph on February 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    England are literally the worst team on earth. After 100 odd years of being cellar dwellers they have a brief 6 months at the top thanks to a bunch of imports and then are already getting whitewashed by the likes of pakistan. Absolutely hilarious. Keep wiping that egg off your faces england fans, there is a lot more to come!!

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