England in Australia 2013-14 December 10, 2013

Pietersen, Anderson rested from limited-overs squads


England have rested Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann and James Anderson from the limited-overs squads for the series in Australia. With Jonathan Trott also absent due to a stress-related illness, there will be an air of inexperience about the ODI squad, in particular.

After the Ashes Tests, England play five ODIs, starting January 12, followed by three T20s with the tour ending February 2.

"This is going to be another month of tough cricket and then a heavy schedule from the West Indies tour onwards," Andy Flower, England's head coach, said. "Straight after the World T20, the IPL begins and while that's on, the English season starts. Our players who play all three forms cannot play 12 months a year.

"Guys like Anderson and Pietersen are in their early 30s now and they are prize assets and we need to look after them. From a physical perspective, they're always dealing with various niggles and sometimes they need to be taken out of competition. That is not for them just to rest, it's so we can maximise their skills when they do play."

The selection is another sign of the increasingly unsustainable nature of England's schedule. With a World Cup to be played in Australia and New Zealand about 12-months after the completion of this ODI series England would, in an ideal world, like to field a settled side to gain more experience of the conditions.

But such is the weariness - mental and physical - of some of England's leading players, that the selectors have little choice but to continually rotate them from anything but priority series.

The move will provide an opportunity for younger or fringe players to prove their worth, though. So the likes of Michael Carberry, Boyd Rankin and Danny Briggs win another opportunity to show their ability, while Jade Dernbach has also been retained in the T20 squad.

Some of the squad members will be based in Australia well in advance of the limited-overs leg. Briggs, Jos Buttler and Chris Jordan are currently in Brisbane and Perth with the England Performance Programme. Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan will be taking part in the T20 Big Bash League in Australia in the build-up to the series. The remainder of the squad will arrive on January 8.

ODI squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell.

T20 squad: Stuart Broad (capt), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler (wk), Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Chris on December 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Anyone know when the Aussies are going to name there odi squad????

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    They have missed the all of the Ashes series so far as well!

  • vimalraj on December 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Another bad season awaits for England in Australia after their disappointing test series. Expecting 2-0 in T20 and 4-1 in one days by Australia

  • a on December 12, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    T20 is very specialised but my concern is that 6 out of 15 players in the ODI squad are neither in the test squad or what you could call next cabs off the rank. I am not saying that ODis are just there to give exposure to potential test players of the future but the selectors should have at least one eye on that. Sometimes it makes for a better ODI team anyway - technique and class still matter in some ODI contexts.

  • ESPN on December 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    You didn't read the article the Mark? It uses the term ODIs!!

  • Sagir on December 11, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    i am sorry but most people i know work round the year with only a 4-week break spread across the year.. and they do 8 hours each and every day, sometimes even more... and they do not even get paid as much as paid professionals.. i will admit that these people's jobs are not as physically demanding as the sportsmen but surely they are equally taxing mentally and physically draining...

  • Mark on December 11, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @Mark Stephen Eberle When and where exactly have England moaned about the short pitched bowling? I haven't seen any interviews of this? Or is this just in your imagination, just as your claim that England are withdrawing three key players from the Ashes. If you read this article it is about the ODI cricket afterwards and will have no bearing on the Ashes series. Still why let the facts get in the way of a rant?

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    This is an insult to not just the Australians, but to cricket in general. They are 2-0 down and getting absolutely gobsmacked, and they not only whinge and moan about the short pitched deliveries, now they withdraw three of their best players? There's nothing tactical about this other than that it gives them an excuse as to why they lose the Ashes. The English can say what they will about the way Australia play the game, but this is just about as underhanded as it gets.

  • Prem on December 11, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    English selectors are copying Aussise selectors strategy 2007-2012. We all know the outcome for Australia 2007-2012.

  • ketan on December 11, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    i think england does not valued odi cricket that is the main reason they always denied winning world cup. It is very hard to say when last time COOK,KP,BELL,SWANN,JIMMY played an odi together.

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