England in Australia 2013-14 December 10, 2013

Pietersen, Anderson rested from limited-overs squads

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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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  • POSTED BY Chrisfg on | December 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY vimal03 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

  • POSTED BY crockit 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.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar 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...

  • POSTED BY markatnotts 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?

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket 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.

  • POSTED BY ketaann 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.

  • POSTED BY Chrisfg on | December 16, 2013, 9:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | December 13, 2013, 13:06 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY vimal03 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

  • POSTED BY crockit 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.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | December 11, 2013, 23:51 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar 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...

  • POSTED BY markatnotts 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?

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket 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.

  • POSTED BY ketaann 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.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | December 10, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    I have one or two reservations as well as a couple of likes about the ODI squad. Why is Bairstow not here? he can belt the ball and may make up in part for the absence of KP? They have picked the 'spinless wonder' again...HELP!! Surely the first premise of being a spinner is to SPIN the ball.Wake me up when Briggs turns one,or not at all. Ridiculous selection! I would give Monty a go, simply because he is a far better bowler than anyone apart from Swann. I can forgive a non fielder who has Monty's abilities.Tredwell got taken to the cleaners in the summer. Hardly a ringing endorsement. I also think Broad should be preserved a bit as he has had more injuries than Jimmy. I like Jordan there and Carbs, Rankin and Stokes. Where is Taylor?? for the rest it is passable, but they need to find a better spin option fast.,unless they pick Monty.

  • POSTED BY sharadgargconnect on | December 10, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    I think Mitchell Johnson is the only threat to England. England should prepare a strategy to counter jhonson's lively pace. Perhaps it is better if england batsmen leave johnson and do not score on his deliveries. they can just let the ball go when jhonson is bowling. Johnson likes to bowl on stump so england can just make sure he doesnt get ibw and bowled. when he is bowling bouncers and outside off stump then england can leave all the balls and believe they have chance in the test match. Just dont think you have a bat in hand, and you will build an innings.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | December 10, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    What about James Taylor? Perfect long-term option at 3. List A average over 50 and this season was around 70 (sorry can't remember exact figure). He can bat through and clear the boundary.

    KP started off brilliantly in ODIs but in recent years has struggled. It is evidently his 3rd best form. Surely he should either play or be dropped completely, becuase he needs the practice? He won't get much opportunity with Surrey, so England ODIs are his only chance of playing.

    Squads aren't too bad though.

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    @brutalanalyst Your obsession with Carberry is embarrassing. He is a division 2 player in English County Cricket and no better.

  • POSTED BY GeoffreysMother on | December 10, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    I am concerned about England's management of young players. I imagine Root will be mentally tired at the end of the Ashes (as he was in the summer) and yet they continue to play him in all three formats. Not long ago Bairstow was asked to play all three formats and now he doesn't get a game in any. I would have thought he should play some of the one day games as this was the format he was originally picked for and he is regarded as an attacking player of faster bowling.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | December 10, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    I could understand ODI but T20 takes nothing out a batsman Dale Steyn plays all 3 formats this is why I love SA they are ruthless in every format. Englands T20 side looks weak, they need both KP and Carberry in the top 4 if they're to challengs for the WOrld Cup. are they not going to be part of the squad ? Seems like KP is being punished not allowing him to play T20 and I have no idea how Carberry has not been given a shot in T20 the format he has dominated for the last 2 years . . .

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    I don't think Tendo has ever had aspirations of playing for England, even though he has long been eligible. All the better for Essex CC :)

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Would have liked to see Luke Wright given a go in the ODI side, I think he's earned an extended chance again.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 10, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    I'd like to have seen Wright given a run in the 50 over side.

    Also another point - I noticed Ryan TD hasn't played for Netherlands for some time. Is there any significance re possibly trying to qualify for Eng?

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 10, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    I don't see the point in KP and Swann being shorter format players - the amount of games they miss

  • POSTED BY Narkovian on | December 10, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    Totally understand why players are being rested. BUT, it just proves yet again that there is far too much pointless International cricket. ICC/ECB/CA/CSA BCCI and everyone.... please cut down the fixtures. Something must be done. I read somewhere that ENG players spent 260 nights in hotels lasts year. That's enough to send anyone nuts ! The other side of the coin is, why should spectators pay full price to watch 2nd XI cricket.?

  • POSTED BY CustomKid on | December 10, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    @TATTUs on (December 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT - very nice that made me laugh. YOu're on the money though. Maybe he's not throwing the toys out of the cot but I've always thought he was average at best. His last 3-4 years have been very good but mainly in conditions that have suited him, humid, over cast and providing swing and seem. He was average in the first 3rd of his career, very good in the second 3rd, and he's now starting the last 3rd and too me he looks out on his feet and very much the average bowler again. Post TB he hasn't been the same bowler and if Jimmy could pack a ground in to his kit bag it would be TB such is his record there. Outside of that he hasn't been much chop of late. He'll be the leading English wicket taker by the end of his career I'm sure with an average in the low 30's. An average bowler but on his day when conditions suit could be very handy.

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    With Trott not available, surely James Taylor is the perfect guy to bat at 3 in the one day side?!

  • POSTED BY SJC1000 on | December 10, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    I get that England want/need to rotate, but why has everyone had a rest over the past 12 months except for Joe Root? Is he impervious to being mentally tired? I would imagine he has played pretty much every game for the last year, plus he played for Yorkshire at the start of last season a fair bit.

    Swann and Anderson might be prized assets, but they seem to barely play ODI cricket anymore. Its all well and good resting them, but if the World Cup comes round and they have played 10 ODIs over 18 months, thats not much use.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | December 10, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    I have said it before, Englands retirees are finding the hard work too much work, and the Aussie retirees are playing like it is their last chance at ashes glory.

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Harsh reality of international cricket is the schedule these days...

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    ok now ODIs will be a whitewash ..

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | December 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Anderson & Swann : Ohh..chuck it now, Its huge workload. After all its the work load of spoiling my stats! I had brought my average to 30 after smashing WI and NZ and Bangladesh. Its gone upto 31 again. Naah. I am going home.

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    WE Will Miss KP..still good decision to rest him...looking at long season ahead..swanny and jimmy as well..

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    There aren't many Englishmen I have time for. Jos Butler is one of them. Alex Hales is another one.

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | December 10, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Why is Carberry not in the T20 squad ? He has dominated the format being the best batsman in the FP T20 2 years running ! Even with the Notts opening pair he should be at 3 the Aussie top 4 all open when they play club T20 (Finch Warner Watson Marsh) Well if England don't give him a shot I hope he gets a go in IPL as he has been phenomenal in the County circuit even out gunning Hales. Willey also deserved a shot gives left arm option and can hit a long ball seems like no progressive thinking from England. I'd have also given Hales a go in ODI he looked good against the Aussies in the T20 Johnson in particular.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | December 10, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Hmm, aren't these two supposed to be England's great hopes for thenext world cup. Which country is that in again?

  • POSTED BY bjaved98 on | December 10, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    I am looking for KP in one days from a long time. Again he is out of side which is not fair for fans. He is natural stoke player and a good led for ODI and T20. I am surprised why ECB does not give any preference to T20 and ODIs and cricket (Test ) they are giving high priority they are getting humiliated by huge losses.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | December 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Makes sense. Glad to know that smashing the WI is a higher priority than beating Australia.

  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | December 10, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Without KP there is nothing in England team to watch for.

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  • POSTED BY Arrow011 on | December 10, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Without KP there is nothing in England team to watch for.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | December 10, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    Makes sense. Glad to know that smashing the WI is a higher priority than beating Australia.

  • POSTED BY bjaved98 on | December 10, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    I am looking for KP in one days from a long time. Again he is out of side which is not fair for fans. He is natural stoke player and a good led for ODI and T20. I am surprised why ECB does not give any preference to T20 and ODIs and cricket (Test ) they are giving high priority they are getting humiliated by huge losses.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | December 10, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Hmm, aren't these two supposed to be England's great hopes for thenext world cup. Which country is that in again?

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | December 10, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Why is Carberry not in the T20 squad ? He has dominated the format being the best batsman in the FP T20 2 years running ! Even with the Notts opening pair he should be at 3 the Aussie top 4 all open when they play club T20 (Finch Warner Watson Marsh) Well if England don't give him a shot I hope he gets a go in IPL as he has been phenomenal in the County circuit even out gunning Hales. Willey also deserved a shot gives left arm option and can hit a long ball seems like no progressive thinking from England. I'd have also given Hales a go in ODI he looked good against the Aussies in the T20 Johnson in particular.

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    There aren't many Englishmen I have time for. Jos Butler is one of them. Alex Hales is another one.

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    WE Will Miss KP..still good decision to rest him...looking at long season ahead..swanny and jimmy as well..

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | December 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Anderson & Swann : Ohh..chuck it now, Its huge workload. After all its the work load of spoiling my stats! I had brought my average to 30 after smashing WI and NZ and Bangladesh. Its gone upto 31 again. Naah. I am going home.

  • POSTED BY on | December 10, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    ok now ODIs will be a whitewash ..

  • POSTED BY AamirKhan-SuperStar on | December 10, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Harsh reality of international cricket is the schedule these days...