England in South Africa 2015-16 January 22, 2016

Broad returns to ODI squad in place of injured Plunkett


Stuart Broad has been recalled to the England ODI squad in South Africa in place of the injured Liam Plunkett. It is the first time Broad has been named in an ODI squad since England's poor showing in the World Cup a year ago.

Plunkett, who was himself an injury replacement for Steven Finn, was called into the squad earlier this week but then sustained a thigh strain while training with England Lions in the UAE. As a consequence, he will remain with the Lions for the remainder of their series against Pakistan A before joining the England squad for the T20 section of their tour of South Africa.

That means there is no place for Broad in the T20 squad, which would suggest his chances of playing in the World T20, in India in March and April, remain low. England are hopeful that Finn, who has a side strain, will have recovered in time for that tournament.

Broad, who rose to No. 1 in the Test rankings following his impressive performance in Johannesburg last week, has made no secret of his desire to return to the limited-overs squads.

"I'm desperate to play white-ball cricket again for England," he said a couple of days after that Test. "You have a short career and I'm not going to play until I'm 37 or 38, so I want to play as much cricket as I possibly can.

"There is a lot of important white-ball cricket coming England's way with the World T20, the Champions Trophy and then the 2019 World Cup. I want to be involved.

"The dream of mine is to play in that World Cup and win it at home. That would be epic. "

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ed on January 25, 2016, 23:45 GMT

    Picking Broad is a giant step backwards for England, he should be preserved for Test cricket, hes useless at the shorter format.

  • John on January 24, 2016, 22:09 GMT

    @LANDL - No , don't ignore the last WC performance . He shouldnt have been picked on merit and then should have been dropped on merit.Finn was dropped for lack of control but Broad (unlike Finn) - whose control was bad - wasn't taking wickets.If his performances in white ball cricket were decent in recent times you could ignore that WC but I believe the last time he took more than 3 wickets in an ODI was in 2011. Since 2011 he has improved massively in red ball cricket but dropped off in the SF stuff. Jimmy seems to have quit the SF stuff with the aim to add longevity to test career but looks like he has made the move a bit late.Broad could do the same and it's not like we're losing a world class SF bowler either. It seems a no brainer to me. And if we're just picking him for the majors and resting him the majority of the rest of the time then it seems unfair on others and not a way to build a side. IMO there's no way SB would still be in the SF side if it wasn't for his test figures

  • John on January 23, 2016, 18:03 GMT

    Kind of like replacing a pick-up truck with a Rolls-Royce. That's not necessarily a good thing; trucks can haul a heavy load even running rough and a RR needs to be fine tuned. It's not the decision I'd have made; he's an attacking bowler who gets his wickets caught, often in the slips. Defensive bowling with no close catchers doesn't fit his skill set. Ignore Broad's performance at the last WC, though. He was coming off surgery for a serious knee problem and had played very little cricket. Putting him the side before he was ready was yet another of the mistakes leading to England's horrific showing.

  • Jose on January 23, 2016, 2:35 GMT

    Might have done this, with an eye on the forthcoming WC in T-20. Just to see what the wrecking ball can do in the short formats, now. (Wasn't he the captain in the short formats before?) .Otherwise, just doesn't make sense in milking him dry, by playing him in all formats.

  • Jon on January 22, 2016, 23:33 GMT

    Not a fan of this decision. Not quite as bad as Anderson with the white ball, but Broad does not take wickets up top in ODI's and neither does he like bowling at the death.

  • Edwin on January 22, 2016, 23:06 GMT

    Broad seems to think his place in the ODI team is guaranteed - perhaps he should look at his ODI record first - it's very average.

  • Lewis on January 22, 2016, 19:51 GMT

    Would have loved to see someone like Tom Curran or Toby Roland-Jones instead of Broad.

  • Krishna on January 22, 2016, 19:32 GMT

    Cmon Get real ENGLAND!! Fastrack Kevin Pietersen back into the WT20 squad in India! Amir's already having a crack and he's a bloke caught for fixing.! KP's written a damn book and people crucify him for that! Time to Grow Up England! Bring KP back atleast for the Limited overs fixtures!

  • Will on January 22, 2016, 17:09 GMT

    I cannot see how this is a good idea for England or Broad. Is there really no other option? If this goes wrong for Broad (injury, fatigue or failure at the format again) how long will it take to pick up the pieces...?

  • Devinderpal Singh on January 22, 2016, 15:21 GMT

    Ha! I saw this coming a mile away. It is typical of such a set-up to want those that...represent 'core England' as it should apparently look like...to always be in the running for opportunities. Just remember, he has nothing in limited-overs cricket to warrant being selected in this form of the game (unless you call his performances with the new ball at the World Cup in 2015 to be a success!), yet he has still been selected. When a team desperately wants a player in the squad, such oddities in selection will be easily visible as there is an excuse to exploit; in this case, Plunkett's injury. Good, bad or indifferent performances in the ODI series, I see him somehow making the WCT20 squad, as it is a global event after all, so England must show certain English players off.

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