Pakistan v England 2011-12 February 7, 2012

Bell dropped from limited-overs squads

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Jos Buttler and Danny Briggs have been named in England's limited-overs squads to face Pakistan in the UAE. The pair, both of whom are uncapped in ODI cricket, have been included in the squad that will play four ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals.

Ian Bell, however, was omitted from the squad. Bell had passed 50 only once in his last 14 ODI innings and had looked uncomfortable against Saeed Ajmal's spin in the recently concluded Test series. It is entirely possible that Bell, aged 29 and a veteran of 108 ODIs, has played his last limited-overs match for England.

Buttler, a 21-year-old from Somerset, has been in good form recently for England Lions. He struck two centuries and a half-century in his last five innings against Sri Lanka A, including one century from just 56 deliveries. He broke into England's Twenty20 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. He can also keep wicket.

Briggs, a 20-year-old left-arm spinner from Hampshire, is one of three spinners in the 16-man squad. A bowler who relies more on control than any extravagant turn, England hope Briggs proves well-suited to the slow, low pitches anticipated in the UAE.

Tim Bresnan, who has just rejoined the England squad, having earlier returned to England for further treatment on an elbow injury that required surgery at the start of December, is also included subject to further fitness tests.

Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales will join the squad for the Twenty20 leg of the tour, with Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott returning to England. Stuart Broad is the captain of England's Twenty20 side that will be looking to retain their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka in September.

England's National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: "We have selected two squads that include both experienced international players and younger players who have performed strongly for England Lions in recent months and deserve an opportunity to further test themselves against quality opposition. Playing against Pakistan in the UAE will be challenging but it is important that these players continue to develop their skills so that we are able to make strides in limited-overs cricket particularly on the subcontinent."

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 Asia and four of those victories came against Bangladesh and the Netherlands. Pakistan, by contrast, have won 12 of their last 13 ODIs and 23 of their last 30. England, however, have won five of the last seven ODI meetings between the sides.

In a bid to improve the tempo of England's batting, Kevin Pietersen will 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, after a brief experiment at the World Cup before his injury, 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.

England will warm-up for the series by taking on England Lions on Friday, before the ODI series begins in Abu Dhabi on February 13.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jmcilhinney on February 10, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I really hope that Woakes plays for the Lions in the warmup game and bowls well. They say that that none of the Lions will be elevated into the senior squad for this tour but maybe for the next tour. He is someone I'd like to see in the England ODI and/or T20 squads.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple on (February 09 2012, 17:34 PM GMT) Sorry to digress and I hope cricinfo will still publish this , but I guess in the T20 Craig won't open for Somerset with Gayle being there. Do you know what the score is with Van Der Merwe? I think I prefer him to A Morkel. I thought I read that KP was going to open which I'm not against. It'll be interesting to see who plays for the Lions and who plays for the seniors in tomorrows match with so many players in a crossover situation?

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (February 09 2012, 08:18 AM GMT) See where you're coming from but maybe they're taking Craig's strike rate into the equation. Also he played well in Somerset's CT20 campaign in India and scored a 100 in the Lions A tour in SL. Also re Prior , 2 of his inns he played spin well but you can't say he played spin well in the other 4. Personally I think Buttler could be the man but one problem is that he also plays for Somerset and rarely gets an opportunity with the gloves although when I have seen him as WK he has looked faultless.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @ ihaq1 on (February 08 2012, 17:03 PM GMT) I'd like to have seen him given a go too. KP would be one of my first batting picks for an ODI/T20. As I posted previously I'd have liked to have seen Morgan captain this side and maybe Bresnan who needs some games and the rest of the side made up of OD specialists from the Lions tours. So my 11 might look something like this - Hales,Kieswetter,Root,Buttler,Morgan,Bairstow,Patel,Bresnan or Borthwick , Woakes,Buck,Briggs. I'd like to see our seniors inc Finn and Bopara go to SL and try and play some extra practise games. Still maybe for our batsmen like Morgan and KP it might be some way of playing with less pressure in order to restore confidence. I really DO NOT like Broad in there. He is injury prone and is too valuable a player to our test side to risk him in these games

  • Juiceoftheapple on February 9, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    As for Bell, the most talented of our batsman, but he's a confidence player, he's had a mare, send him home, theres no sense in him having to deal with those spinners and pitches for another few weeks, he'll be fine - If he's not smacking the windies and saffers about come the summer, then Adge Cutler's a Yorkshireman.

  • Juiceoftheapple on February 9, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Yeah the stats aren't good for Kies, however, you need to bear a few things in mind, having watched a lot of him opening for Somerset, he gets out a lot going aerial, which is his job as the opening impact hitter. But he's a better batsman than the pinch hitting role (Patel can do that better anyway!?). I've been saying for a while that he should be batting lower down with Buttler in the Somerset order and NOT going aerial. Kies hits the ball very hard, but most importantly he's also a very solid batsman and can make good gritty innings (when he's not trying to clear the ropes). Added to this I think he was the second highest scorer in our World cup winning T20 team, and highest scorer in the final. This is why I think he's still in the ODI team over JB / JB / SD / MP. Whereas KP, well lets be honest, he might as well go fo it straight off and try and smash the stitching out because he won't be at the crease for long.

  • on February 9, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    it will be a good series brigg is a good bowler saw him in the t20 comp

  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Still can't see Craig Kieswetter being picked before Prior... CK has only played 8 of his 28 ODI games away from UK... Has an average of only 29.96 which has been boosted greatly by playing against Scotland, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka (in Eng)... Even Haddin has a better average & can't get a bat for Oz ODI's atm... Surely there are better players coming through... He had better prove that he is a better player of spin than Prior in the UAE...

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 8, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @ All who responded, thank you very much :D But Strauss is a very good captain and he was in very good form in ODI's and I can understand Prior not being in ODI's although I prefer Prior's keeping to Kieswetter's. Looking forward for the ODI's :D

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Personally I'm glad Bell has been left out. His average isn't great and his runrate is poor. I don't understand why certain Sky pundits always go on about how Bell should be an integral part of the side. They even did a comparison caption of the then top 6 batsman and even though the caption was there with all the facts and figures clearly showing Bell's SR was the worst of the 6 Hussain was going on that he should go ahead of Trott to increase the tempo. I often think Trott is too slow but at least he is more likely to hold an inns together.

  • jmcilhinney on February 10, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    I really hope that Woakes plays for the Lions in the warmup game and bowls well. They say that that none of the Lions will be elevated into the senior squad for this tour but maybe for the next tour. He is someone I'd like to see in the England ODI and/or T20 squads.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple on (February 09 2012, 17:34 PM GMT) Sorry to digress and I hope cricinfo will still publish this , but I guess in the T20 Craig won't open for Somerset with Gayle being there. Do you know what the score is with Van Der Merwe? I think I prefer him to A Morkel. I thought I read that KP was going to open which I'm not against. It'll be interesting to see who plays for the Lions and who plays for the seniors in tomorrows match with so many players in a crossover situation?

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    @zenboomerang on (February 09 2012, 08:18 AM GMT) See where you're coming from but maybe they're taking Craig's strike rate into the equation. Also he played well in Somerset's CT20 campaign in India and scored a 100 in the Lions A tour in SL. Also re Prior , 2 of his inns he played spin well but you can't say he played spin well in the other 4. Personally I think Buttler could be the man but one problem is that he also plays for Somerset and rarely gets an opportunity with the gloves although when I have seen him as WK he has looked faultless.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @ ihaq1 on (February 08 2012, 17:03 PM GMT) I'd like to have seen him given a go too. KP would be one of my first batting picks for an ODI/T20. As I posted previously I'd have liked to have seen Morgan captain this side and maybe Bresnan who needs some games and the rest of the side made up of OD specialists from the Lions tours. So my 11 might look something like this - Hales,Kieswetter,Root,Buttler,Morgan,Bairstow,Patel,Bresnan or Borthwick , Woakes,Buck,Briggs. I'd like to see our seniors inc Finn and Bopara go to SL and try and play some extra practise games. Still maybe for our batsmen like Morgan and KP it might be some way of playing with less pressure in order to restore confidence. I really DO NOT like Broad in there. He is injury prone and is too valuable a player to our test side to risk him in these games

  • Juiceoftheapple on February 9, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    As for Bell, the most talented of our batsman, but he's a confidence player, he's had a mare, send him home, theres no sense in him having to deal with those spinners and pitches for another few weeks, he'll be fine - If he's not smacking the windies and saffers about come the summer, then Adge Cutler's a Yorkshireman.

  • Juiceoftheapple on February 9, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    Yeah the stats aren't good for Kies, however, you need to bear a few things in mind, having watched a lot of him opening for Somerset, he gets out a lot going aerial, which is his job as the opening impact hitter. But he's a better batsman than the pinch hitting role (Patel can do that better anyway!?). I've been saying for a while that he should be batting lower down with Buttler in the Somerset order and NOT going aerial. Kies hits the ball very hard, but most importantly he's also a very solid batsman and can make good gritty innings (when he's not trying to clear the ropes). Added to this I think he was the second highest scorer in our World cup winning T20 team, and highest scorer in the final. This is why I think he's still in the ODI team over JB / JB / SD / MP. Whereas KP, well lets be honest, he might as well go fo it straight off and try and smash the stitching out because he won't be at the crease for long.

  • on February 9, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    it will be a good series brigg is a good bowler saw him in the t20 comp

  • zenboomerang on February 9, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Still can't see Craig Kieswetter being picked before Prior... CK has only played 8 of his 28 ODI games away from UK... Has an average of only 29.96 which has been boosted greatly by playing against Scotland, Bangladesh & Sri Lanka (in Eng)... Even Haddin has a better average & can't get a bat for Oz ODI's atm... Surely there are better players coming through... He had better prove that he is a better player of spin than Prior in the UAE...

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 8, 2012, 22:14 GMT

    @ All who responded, thank you very much :D But Strauss is a very good captain and he was in very good form in ODI's and I can understand Prior not being in ODI's although I prefer Prior's keeping to Kieswetter's. Looking forward for the ODI's :D

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Personally I'm glad Bell has been left out. His average isn't great and his runrate is poor. I don't understand why certain Sky pundits always go on about how Bell should be an integral part of the side. They even did a comparison caption of the then top 6 batsman and even though the caption was there with all the facts and figures clearly showing Bell's SR was the worst of the 6 Hussain was going on that he should go ahead of Trott to increase the tempo. I often think Trott is too slow but at least he is more likely to hold an inns together.

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    @Charlie_Ellis on (February 07 2012, 13:34 PM GMT) - We played a 6 man batting line up with Prior at 7 and 4 bowlers and look how that worked out?

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @Tigg on (February 07 2012, 09:55 AM GMT) - Was Wright a full on success in the big bash? I know he broke the fastest 100 record but did he do much more - I didn't follow it? Also the last few times he played he was an all rounder who England lacked any trust with the ball and came in at 7.

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    @Mahesh Bhatia on (February 07 2012, 09:07 AM GMT) I think Shah has said some things which didn't go down so well with the England management. Also I think his age might count against him too if Eng are building for the future - otherwise on pure capabilities and 2011 form I'd have Darren Stevens in there

  • Long-Leg on February 8, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    Bell may be out of form at the moment, but he is England's best batsmen and has been for a couple of years. He should be at number 3 and Trott should be dropped. A note to Pakistan supporters from an England fan: If you thought England were bad in the test series then wait until you see them in the one dayers. You will be truly amazed at how inept we are in this format. Would like to see more test cricket and not bother with these meaningless one dayers and T20s.

  • ihaq1 on February 8, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    i thought alex hale did well in sri lanka and should have been tried as the one day opener...maybe kevin pieterson seems too unreliable and should have been dropped alongwith eoin who seemed in all sorts of trouble

  • Yevghenny on February 8, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Owais Shah is finished at International level. He is more of a danger to the batsmen at the opposite end than the bowlers with his haphazard running between the wickets. He is a liability, as good a hitter and manoeuvrer of the ball that he is

  • Juiceoftheapple on February 8, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    It wasn't a decision to leave Prior out, he is not the one day keeper. Prior has never done it in ODIs, which is completely at odds with his qualities and style of batting. We're just thankful he clicks so superbly at test level. I'm sure he's accepted he isnt the ODI keeper. And it is (possibly) unlikely he'll ever be given that chance again with Kies, Bairstow and Buttler all vying for it.

  • on February 8, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    2 shocking decisions for me, first exclusion of Owais Shah, he was one of the leading scorer in Australian Big Bash (which suggest he has good form). Secondly, exclusion of Prior (although he has been forced to be a test specialist) he was easily the best batsman on the tour.

  • Lmaotsetung on February 8, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Before we keep going on about how overrated the Eng batting lineup is please note that save for Kohli's century every single Indian batsmen have failed in the just concluded test series in Aus. And on the other side of the coin, take away Clarke and Pointing, every single Aus batsman have failed against mediocre Indian bowling save for a Warner freak century. The days of 600 in reply to 650 in 1st inning might be over. Like the commentators were saying these were 2 fine bowling attack. Aus bowled very well...consistent line and length and the Indian legends couldn't handle it. All of the pitches were good batting surface. I'm willing to give this English batting lineup the benefit of the doubt. Come back after December and if they haven't figure it out then you can say they are overrated. My personal belief is that this tour was like when India faced Ajentha Mendis in SL a few years back then got him figured out eventually.

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    @RohithMedisetty on (February 07 2012, 04:55 AM GMT) Briggs is a bowler and not a batsmen anyway. Who knows with Buttler. He's done ok at the B team level in SL but I admit that it's a massive step up. Can't do much worse than our batsmen in the test series. Prob right about result but we'll see

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @axe_hay on (February 07 2012, 05:48 AM GMT) I think Woakes has played in some ODIs , same with Davies. Many think Davies was unlucky to get dropped. Don't know much about Hogg TBH. Taylor has not batted particularly well in SL so I'm not sure if the timing is right , also I'm thinking he's more of a test batsman than a one day batsman. As for Hildreth - Sorry but I couldn't disagree with you more. Every time I saw him last season on the OD or T20 format he looked at best scratchy and found it hard to even rotate the strike let alone hit boundaries. If he can rediscover his form of the previous season then maybe. I actually think he'll do well to get in Somerset's OD side , definitely the T20 side where you'd surely have Tres,Gayle,Trego,Kieswetter,Buttler and Morkel ahead of him. I'd have Compton ahead of Hildreth and Suppiah possibly above both as he can bowl some overs.

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @WeeBee sirvivfan / /Muddassar Latif /Ashley Brackstone- Personally I would rest all our test bowlers bar Bresnan who possibly needs some match practice. I feel Broad is an accident waiting to happen the way their working him.

  • JG2704 on February 8, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 on (February 07 2012, 07:12 AM GMT) - So you've now switched nationalities from India to Pakistan. You used to be all over the England boards quoting how good India re etc. Fickle as they come.

  • on February 8, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    To ExplicitPlatinum, Strauss retired from limited overs cricket a while back to focus on playing tests only and Prior was dropped due to not performing with the bat at ODI and T20 level.

    Kieswetter is seen as a very good young talent who can smash the ball a long way, and although his keeping isn't great, keeping credentials aren't nearly as important in the limited overs formats as they are in Test matches.

  • on February 8, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty you've obviously not heard of SUNIL NARINE!!!!

  • JB77 on February 8, 2012, 2:05 GMT

    @ Bramblefly - it's interesting that we only seem to keep a tally of Ashes wins post 2005 isn't it. What's that win-loss record for England since 1989? Or since the Ashes began? Or do we only count eras in which England wins? I don't think Australians are the ones with chips on their shoulders.

  • yorkshirematt on February 7, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    @ ExplicitPlatinum. Hi mate. In answer to your question I believe it is to reduce their workload, as I assume they themselves think they play too much cricket, and ODIs obviously mean less to them than test cricket. Just their personal choice. Also Strauss was never a one day player anyway.

  • Munkeymomo on February 7, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    @explicitplatinum. Strauss was either encouraged out by the management for some bizarre reason or he genuinely felt he didn't want to keep playing ODI cricket. Prior doesn't play because England have 4 keepers who are better batsmen in ODIs, Prior struggles to keep the scoring rate up with a ring field.

  • D.S.A on February 7, 2012, 23:11 GMT

    Hales, Nash (CB40 merit!), Davies, Bopara, Patel, Prior and Buttler should be the batting line-up. It has something called ALL ENGLISH PLAYERS included.

  • on February 7, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @ohhhmattymatty when u would stop embarrassing yourself .briggs got no doosra he bowls left hand darters on middle stump.

  • Juiceoftheapple on February 7, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Cometh the hour cometh the man. Super Jos Buttler, aka 'The Great White Viv'.

  • Ozzbozz on February 7, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    I have to really think that the selectors don't have a clue, just regarding the wicketkeeper position I mean think of just how he played and his strike rate, Matty Prior was the only England player remotely near comfortable against spin. His one day and 20/20 avg is not too bad and I know Keiswetter will lucky to avg more than 15 against this attack, also Priors keeping has improved markedly and certainly better than Keiswetter. Incidently Bairstow should be backup keeper, if he has 75% of his father's keeping ability, he will be a gem for the future.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 7, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    Briggs is the best young spinner in world cricket. He's the only left arm spinner in the world with a doosra and a teesra and he's even invented a new ball called the Briggsra, which is the off-spinning flipper. While Buttler's List A record is the greatest of all time.

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 7, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    I Think Ian Bell is a Very Good Talented Player. He Should be Given More Chances. Good Luck Bell!!!

  • Nutcutlet on February 7, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Good to see Buttler & Briggs in this squad - sometimes the selectors agree with my ruminations! Now it's important that they actually play - none of this nonsense of 'getting used to the atmosphere' - this is not test cricket. If they've got the temperament for international sport, then we need to know about it, fast. I'm glad that there is enough cover to allow Dernbach not to be in the starting XI. He should be used sparingly, if at all, and be told, if he fails to make an impact, to return to county cricket and up his game. Morgan may find life more comfortable at this level (how he was missed in India). Personally, I think that he is not a test player, but is a fine player in the shorter versions. Sometimes its important to see the virtues in one and accept the limitations in the other. There's no shame in that.

  • Noball_Specialist on February 7, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Not sure about blooding the young 21 year old Buttler into ODI away from home against the Pakistanis. Could be a bit risky for the young fella. But good luck to him. Bell spends most of his time being out of form. I hope Strauss finds his form again, I really do think England needs an inform Strauss at the top of the innings. Bopara is a good choice for T20. BUT I'm really interested in how the hard hitting Jonny Bairstow gets on. Will be very compelling viewing - can't wait.

  • khan-touch-em on February 7, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    The thing i have noticed about Straus & Flower is they are defensive minded. I sense that their first priority is to fit as many batsmen into the starting 11, be it in the Test or ODI format. The mindset of get plenty on the board first. Im not knocking them for that, but when you already have a deep batting lineup, is it not worth throwing in a bowler for just his bowling expertise ? You dont have to include palyers that can bowl a bit but bat well. England already have the luxury of 3 decent allrounders Broad Swann and Bresnan. I think Anderson and also Panesar can be accomodated in starting 11 as pure out and out bowlers.

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    To all England fans, Hi, I'm a Pakistani fan and I was curious about something. Why doesn't Andrew Strauss play ODI's anymore? And why doesn't Matt Prior play ODI's anymore? I was extremely curious about this and I hope someone responds to this :) Thank you :)

  • PiyushD on February 7, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Comeon Pakistan Indian beat them 5-0, can you do an encore?

  • Bramblefly on February 7, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Randy Oz - Engalnd's batsmen have sure looked good against australia in recent years. 3 Ashes victories out of 4 and counting. 2010-11 still hurts doesn't it?

  • yorkshirematt on February 7, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Oh no. Just when we thought the embarassment couldn't get any worse, we play the same team that beat us in our supposed favourite form of the game in our worst format.

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    kp at the top is a good move. a player that bats quick and can get big 100's. they miss that. the odi england will do better as they will free up trying to score quickly. truthfully pakistan batting can only get 250 or less scores.

  • ncurd on February 7, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Great to see Buttler get his chance...lets hope he can put his superb List A form into the next step up ODI's. Hugely talented lad.

  • Charlie_Ellis on February 7, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    1st ODI XI 1.Cook* 2.Pietersen 3.Patel 4.Trott 5.Morgan 6.Butler 7.Bopara 8.Kieswetter+ 9. Broad 10.Swann 11.Finn... Pack with batting so we can attack the spinners with more confidence, then get 10 overs out of Bopara/Trott/KP at some stage. If that doesn't work, drop Trott or Bopara for Bresnan as a 5th bowler!

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    I'm upset that English man Bell has been left out yet the overseas players Morgan, Trott, Kieswetter and Pietersen have been picked!

  • overthefence on February 7, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    I think one dayers have been notoriously inconsistent (even Australia in the 90's and the Windies in the 80's had their problems) so the form guide pretty much goes straight out the window. Likewise, but more so, for the hit-and-giggle twenty-20..

  • RandyOZ on February 7, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Haha, Bell was shown up by Warne and hasnt been able to play spin since. Him, Pietersen, Strauss and Morgan make grade cricketers look good.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    No Wokes no Panesar for this series?!

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Very Good Selection..!!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Don't understand the statement "Kieswetter has only passed 50 once in his last 24 ODIs". His last senior ODI innings was 63 against India at Calcutta. Before that, his previous 50 was 8 innings before (against India at the Oval). Between those, he did play 6 innings without a 50, averaging 17.5 but scoring at 110/100. Including the two fifties, that is an average of 28 at 106/100. These are not the figures of a man with a lot to prove.

  • kiranphy on February 7, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    In india few months before you got whitewash in odis so england be ready for your 3rd consecutive whitewash or series of whitewash ha ha !!!!!!

  • Tigg on February 7, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I'm not convinced by these squads, it's basically the same team that got whomped in India, playing against a better side.

    Dernbach is not international standard, KP hasn't been in any kind of one day form and Kieswetter is only any good when there is pace on the ball. Couple that with the inability of Trott and Cook to hit out it looks like a recipe for disaster.

    I'm particularly dissapointed to see the absence of Luke Wright, who played well in teh Big bash, from both squads. He bowls usefu, albeit under used, med-fast and is a devastating striker of the ball in addition to being one of the best outfielders in the country. He could provide the early batting impetus while the field is up, or rapid runs as a finisher and he was one of teh few promising things in the world cup. If not in the ODI squad he should at least play in the T20s.

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:48 GMT

    No Monty in squad , thats a surprise as Monty Picked 14 Wickets in only 2 matches and Broad , Swann picked 13 wickets from 3 matches so thats completely a surprise

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    Surely a different contest all together. Hope, we wil see some close games. Keep it up Pakistan.

  • jackiethepen on February 7, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Dobell sees this as the final chapter in Bell's abortive come back into the ODI team outrageously mishandled by Flower who has been cobbling together an underperforming ODI side for three years. His favouritism of players like Kieswetter and Bopara (the latter had a torrid series against spin in India) keeps them in the squad. Benching Bell in India and promoting lesser batsmen made Flower feel powerful, but it was a disgrace when Bell was in fine touch and had a decent prior Series. Flower's advancement of Cook has been ruthless. But it will all come unstuck because Flower hasn't got a clue about how to handle players and creates an unhappy atmosphere. Cook isn't strong enough to counter that.

  • Yevghenny on February 7, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Pleased to see Buttler getting reward for his game. He's gonna be a big player for England

  • nk0786 on February 7, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    I'm a Pakistan supporter and looking at the England ODI squad, I'm very shocked but very relieved that the inform and most dangerous English player in my opinion, Matt Prior, has been over looked for the ODI & T20's... Personally I would play him even if it were just as a specialist batsman as he's the one player that's played well enough in those conditions to deserve a place. He seems to me like the only player who can take on the spin, not just stay in and bat but score some runs!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    where is owais shah?he is such a utility player in the shorter format?england will suffer without him.he should have come in place of kevin pietersen

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    I think Cricinfo should check their stats about Keiswetter he has scored more than one 50 in last 24 innings. Dont know how this stat has came up with such a reputed cricket site!!!

  • FatBoysCanBat on February 7, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    Ive been wondering when England were going to include this guy Buttler. He has a list A batting avg of 70 and a strike rate of 130. I think he is a real talent for them.

  • Munkeymomo on February 7, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    Good squad. Glad Buttler has finally earned his ODI place, he and Bairstow belong in both limited overs side. Jos at 5/6, Jonny at 6/7.

  • Winsome on February 7, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    At last. They've finally dropped Ian Bell. It's about time, he's been mediocre in ODI's for years but they keep bringing him in hoping like hell that he'll do something.

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Hmm DOSRAH & TEESRAH really make a big change in England Squad Strange!!!!!

  • WeeBee on February 7, 2012, 7:29 GMT

    I am amazed Why Monty is not included in ODIs , He was thir most successful bowler in Test in UAE ... English Team is really going to suffer in UAE .. New players never played there , they dont know about the conditions! ...

  • sirvivfan on February 7, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Can somebody tell me why Panesar is not in the odi squad? Given his current form he should play. He did well for his county in the shorter format. This is example of rigidness! Shocker in my opinion,

  • cricket_fan_1980 on February 7, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Nice to see England investing in the future. Lets see how these boys line up against a resurgent Pakistan side.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    PAKISTAN WILL WIN EASILY . BECAUSE BOTH AFRIDI & UMAR AKMAL WILL JOIN SQUAD . HENCE MAKING BOWLING & BATTING MORE STRONG FOR PAK . AND AFTER LOSING SERIES ENGLISH FANS WILL SAY THAT WE R NOT INTERESTED IN ODI CRICKET .ALL WE CARE IS TEST MATCHES .

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    Last visit in 2010, Pietersen was dropped. This time its Ian Bell (so called best player against spin). One thing ENGLAND should have dropped is their up head in the game.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Can anyone believe what coach Flower and captain Straus are saying about the England batting ? They would have us believe that this current team of total failures are still world class. One must seriously question their selection policy. It will take a couple of years and perhaps tours to admit they have got it all wrong.Pietersen,Bell and Morgan could be tossed out now and never missed. Would'nt it be great to have a selector who could pick a team on merit? rather than rubber stamp every game and choose the same lot, game after game,afraid to make a change. We need overseas selectors, to push players and reward new talent to break iinto a higer level. Its never going to happen with the system we currently have.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    I think ian Bell is a Much better player than bopara and samit patel bad selection

  • jmcilhinney on February 7, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    I think that Buttler is definitely a good inclusion, although he'll find the standard of spin bowling a step up against Pakistan compared to Sri Lanka A. Based on batting ability, you expect Briggs to be third choice spinner but it is an indication of where the selectors are looking for the future. Before the test series I'd have considered Bell to open in ODIs but after six poor innings I think that cutting him loose is the right move. You'd think that England would play Broad, Anderson, Bresnan, Swann and Patel to bowl with Pietresen, Trott and maybe Bopara to provide a few overs.

  • axe_hay on February 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Why are talented players like James Taylor,Jimmy Hildreth, Steve Davies, Kyle Hogg and Chris Woakes being constantly ignored. They have been consistent for many seasons and should be given a chance at the international level.

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 7, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    WORST SELECTION FOR THE WASTE TEAM!! BELL IS AN ALLROUND PROSPECT IN ENGLISH TEAM........HE CAN PLAY SPIN VERY WELL!! DROPPING HIM IS BLUNDER!! WATSO EVER ENGLAND WILL LOSE DIS SERIES ALSO..........

  • johnathonjosephs on February 7, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I will be very honest... I am extremely afraid of Jos Butler. That man is pure destruction

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    they should added ian bell he is not in form but he was the wall in the england batting line up they have youth player we can see when the experience player got out so early in test series how this youth will face AJMAL SHAHID AFRIDI ABDUR REHMAN AND HAFEEZ these four spiner will be big exam for english batingorder

  • RohithMedisetty on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    England will get pummeled again. Do they really think butler and briggs can play spin . With the addition of afridi pakistan's spin attack is more stronger now.

  • jonesy2 on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    oh dear, i seriously didnt think england were this bad, jade dernbach is in their squads. the guy that got dropped from the melb stars because he wasnt up to standard, so basically, australian domestic teams are of far far better standard and quality than the england national teams, i already knew that im just pointing it out to those who didnt. haha i just noticed james anderson is there, kiewetter is keeper and stuart broad is captain!!! haha bopara. and england wonder why they are beyong hopeless is this element

  • jeetkaigeo on February 7, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    After this pathetic test performance (Ave : 8.50) Bell needs some time off from cricket unitl he is mentally prepared......

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    To be fair, i never thought Bell was a sure starter in OD 11.. He was not included in first 4 OD's in India too.. Better for him to get dropped rather than stay in bench.. He can atleast concentrate on handling spin in SL than staying with the OD squad.. Better luck Bell for the tours in subcontinent..

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  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    To be fair, i never thought Bell was a sure starter in OD 11.. He was not included in first 4 OD's in India too.. Better for him to get dropped rather than stay in bench.. He can atleast concentrate on handling spin in SL than staying with the OD squad.. Better luck Bell for the tours in subcontinent..

  • jeetkaigeo on February 7, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    After this pathetic test performance (Ave : 8.50) Bell needs some time off from cricket unitl he is mentally prepared......

  • jonesy2 on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    oh dear, i seriously didnt think england were this bad, jade dernbach is in their squads. the guy that got dropped from the melb stars because he wasnt up to standard, so basically, australian domestic teams are of far far better standard and quality than the england national teams, i already knew that im just pointing it out to those who didnt. haha i just noticed james anderson is there, kiewetter is keeper and stuart broad is captain!!! haha bopara. and england wonder why they are beyong hopeless is this element

  • RohithMedisetty on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    England will get pummeled again. Do they really think butler and briggs can play spin . With the addition of afridi pakistan's spin attack is more stronger now.

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    they should added ian bell he is not in form but he was the wall in the england batting line up they have youth player we can see when the experience player got out so early in test series how this youth will face AJMAL SHAHID AFRIDI ABDUR REHMAN AND HAFEEZ these four spiner will be big exam for english batingorder

  • johnathonjosephs on February 7, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    I will be very honest... I am extremely afraid of Jos Butler. That man is pure destruction

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 7, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    WORST SELECTION FOR THE WASTE TEAM!! BELL IS AN ALLROUND PROSPECT IN ENGLISH TEAM........HE CAN PLAY SPIN VERY WELL!! DROPPING HIM IS BLUNDER!! WATSO EVER ENGLAND WILL LOSE DIS SERIES ALSO..........

  • axe_hay on February 7, 2012, 5:48 GMT

    Why are talented players like James Taylor,Jimmy Hildreth, Steve Davies, Kyle Hogg and Chris Woakes being constantly ignored. They have been consistent for many seasons and should be given a chance at the international level.

  • jmcilhinney on February 7, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    I think that Buttler is definitely a good inclusion, although he'll find the standard of spin bowling a step up against Pakistan compared to Sri Lanka A. Based on batting ability, you expect Briggs to be third choice spinner but it is an indication of where the selectors are looking for the future. Before the test series I'd have considered Bell to open in ODIs but after six poor innings I think that cutting him loose is the right move. You'd think that England would play Broad, Anderson, Bresnan, Swann and Patel to bowl with Pietresen, Trott and maybe Bopara to provide a few overs.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    I think ian Bell is a Much better player than bopara and samit patel bad selection