World Twenty20 2014 January 15, 2014

KP a 'million-pound asset' - Giles

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Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, has called Kevin Pietersen a "million-pound asset" after he was included in the provisional 30-man squad for the World Twenty20 although that does not necessarily mean his Test future is any clearer.

In the wake of the 5-0 Ashes loss there were reports that Andy Flower, the team director, had made a "him or me" ultimatum over Pietersen's presence in the Test side. Flower denied those claims but without specific reference to Pietersen.

Giles said that at no point had there been any consideration over not putting Pietersen's name in the 30, although these large squads mean little until they are trimmed to 15, which will happen in early February following the Twenty20 series against Australia.

The review into the Ashes loss has yet to take place with Paul Downton, the new managing director of England cricket, still in Australia and not officially in position until February 1. Before the World Twenty20 England have a short one-day and T20 tour to West Indies which Pietersen will need to be part of if he is to play in the World Twenty20.

"There was no discussion about leaving Kevin out," Giles said. "He's another million pound asset at least, he might be worth a bit more than that. He's a fantastic player and he has shown that in T20 cricket. He's not played that much for me in T20, but in other competitions he has shown how dangerous he can be."

There remains the potential for two England coaches wanting two different things even though Flower retains ultimate control. Alastair Cook, captain of the Test and ODI sides but not the T20 team, where Stuart Broad has the role, will also have a significant input into Pietersen's future.

Pietersen has only played one Twenty20 international in nearly two years for England - and that was a game that only lasted two balls against New Zealand last year - due to resting and suspension. However, he was Man of the Tournament when England won the World T20 in the Caribbean but was not part of their 2012 defence as it came during the period he was suspended following the text messages he sent to the South Africans on their tour. He worked as a TV pundit during the tournament and it was in Colombo, sat alongside ECB chairman Giles Clarke, where his 'reintegration' process began.

Following the recent claims of Flower not wanting him to be part of the Test side, Pietersen reiterated his desire to continue until at least 2015 when the Ashes are next contested.

Elsewhere in England's 30-man squad there are eight players yet to appear at Twenty20 international level: Moeen Ali, Harry Gurney, Graham Onions, James Vince, Stephen Parry, Gary Ballance, James Taylor and Michael Carberry

Squad Stuart Broad (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler (wkt), Michael Carberry, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter (wkt), Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Steven Parry, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • mxnmxn on January 18, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    KP is the David Beckham of cricket. Big show, little performance!

  • on January 17, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Though i am an AUSSIE FAN but i feel for england now.If i was the coach my team for 3 formats would be

    TEST:-1)Alistair Cook 2)Sam Robson 3)Kevin Pietersen 4)Ian Bell(C) 5)Joe Root 6)Eoin Morgan 7)Matt Prior(WK) 8)Ben Stokes 9)Stuart Broad 10)James Anderson 11)Monty Panesar

    ODI:-1)Alistair Cook 2)Kevin Pietersen 3)Ian Bell(C) 4)Joe Root 5)Eoin Morgan 6)Jos Buttler 7)Matt Prior(WK) 8)Ben Stokes 9)Stuart Broad 10)James Anderson 11)James Tredwell

    T20 1)Alex Hales 2)Michael Lumb 3)Kevin Pietersen 4)Gary Ballance 5)Jos Buttler 6)Matt Prior 7)Ben Stokes 8)Stuart Broad 9)James Tredwell 10)James Anderson 11)Steve Finn

    Admit it this team gonna perform a lot better.Hope England loses this series 13-0 and then start winning matches after this tour.

  • anujbhasin56 on January 17, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Why doesn't England play Alex Hales? They need him in ODI's to replace Root.

  • on January 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Best team without Flower 1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.KP 4.Wright 5.Morgan 6.Bopara 7.Buttler 8.Strokes 9.Bresnan 10.Broad 11.Tredwell.

    Bowlers Strokes Bresnan Broad Tredwel lWright Bopara

  • Iddo555 on January 16, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Hales, Lumb, Wright, Pietersen, Morgan, Stokes, Butler, Borthwick, Bresnan, Broad, Dernbach

  • DeckChairand6pack on January 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    The King of Spain has spoken!

  • on January 16, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Please select KP in all three formats, because it's difficult to find a class player and KP have only two to three years left in his career. I do know the problem between KP and flower but take of the EGO and select KP, so that we can see his batting for few years

  • on January 16, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    my choice will be Hales, Lumb, Butler, Broad, KP, Wright, Root, Morgan, Rankin, Woakes, Bopara.

  • on January 16, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Kp is the best player.

  • CodandChips on January 16, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Bowling is the most important part in T20 I think. We won the WT20 in 2010 because we had the best bowling attack by a long way. Currently we don't have any quality T20 specialist bowlers, so I am glad for Harry Gurney's inclusion (though he won't make the final 15), and I can also see why we persist we Dernbach.

    1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Pietersen 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Stokes 7.Moeen Ali 8.Broad 9.Napier 10.Jordan 11.Briggs- reserves Carberry, Davies, Borthwick, Gurney

    I have chosen Graham Napier because he is the best bowler of a yorker in the country. I wouldn't be expecting too much of his batting, but he could be put up the order in case of trouble. Moeen at 7 because his main role is to bowl, but he could be thrown up the order in case of collapse. Not too sure on Lumb's ability but I like his style and it is important that he plays in his way. No Joe Root to give him a rest. No Gary Ballance because I ran out of places.

    On captaincy, Pietersen or Morgan rather than Broad.

  • mxnmxn on January 18, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    KP is the David Beckham of cricket. Big show, little performance!

  • on January 17, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    Though i am an AUSSIE FAN but i feel for england now.If i was the coach my team for 3 formats would be

    TEST:-1)Alistair Cook 2)Sam Robson 3)Kevin Pietersen 4)Ian Bell(C) 5)Joe Root 6)Eoin Morgan 7)Matt Prior(WK) 8)Ben Stokes 9)Stuart Broad 10)James Anderson 11)Monty Panesar

    ODI:-1)Alistair Cook 2)Kevin Pietersen 3)Ian Bell(C) 4)Joe Root 5)Eoin Morgan 6)Jos Buttler 7)Matt Prior(WK) 8)Ben Stokes 9)Stuart Broad 10)James Anderson 11)James Tredwell

    T20 1)Alex Hales 2)Michael Lumb 3)Kevin Pietersen 4)Gary Ballance 5)Jos Buttler 6)Matt Prior 7)Ben Stokes 8)Stuart Broad 9)James Tredwell 10)James Anderson 11)Steve Finn

    Admit it this team gonna perform a lot better.Hope England loses this series 13-0 and then start winning matches after this tour.

  • anujbhasin56 on January 17, 2014, 11:34 GMT

    Why doesn't England play Alex Hales? They need him in ODI's to replace Root.

  • on January 17, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Best team without Flower 1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.KP 4.Wright 5.Morgan 6.Bopara 7.Buttler 8.Strokes 9.Bresnan 10.Broad 11.Tredwell.

    Bowlers Strokes Bresnan Broad Tredwel lWright Bopara

  • Iddo555 on January 16, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Hales, Lumb, Wright, Pietersen, Morgan, Stokes, Butler, Borthwick, Bresnan, Broad, Dernbach

  • DeckChairand6pack on January 16, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    The King of Spain has spoken!

  • on January 16, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Please select KP in all three formats, because it's difficult to find a class player and KP have only two to three years left in his career. I do know the problem between KP and flower but take of the EGO and select KP, so that we can see his batting for few years

  • on January 16, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    my choice will be Hales, Lumb, Butler, Broad, KP, Wright, Root, Morgan, Rankin, Woakes, Bopara.

  • on January 16, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    Kp is the best player.

  • CodandChips on January 16, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Bowling is the most important part in T20 I think. We won the WT20 in 2010 because we had the best bowling attack by a long way. Currently we don't have any quality T20 specialist bowlers, so I am glad for Harry Gurney's inclusion (though he won't make the final 15), and I can also see why we persist we Dernbach.

    1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.Pietersen 4.Morgan 5.Buttler 6.Stokes 7.Moeen Ali 8.Broad 9.Napier 10.Jordan 11.Briggs- reserves Carberry, Davies, Borthwick, Gurney

    I have chosen Graham Napier because he is the best bowler of a yorker in the country. I wouldn't be expecting too much of his batting, but he could be put up the order in case of trouble. Moeen at 7 because his main role is to bowl, but he could be thrown up the order in case of collapse. Not too sure on Lumb's ability but I like his style and it is important that he plays in his way. No Joe Root to give him a rest. No Gary Ballance because I ran out of places.

    On captaincy, Pietersen or Morgan rather than Broad.

  • on January 16, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    1. Hales 2. Lumb 3. Wright 4. Pietersen 5. Morgan 6. Stokes/Bopara 7. Buttler 8. Broad (c) 9. Tredwell 10. Finn/Rankin 11. Dernbach

  • on January 16, 2014, 6:34 GMT

    Living in Munich even the "home" tests are in facr away matches for me. To watch a match in England costs around €1000 with flight, hotel, food & drinks and the horrendious entrance fees. For this amount I would much prefer to watch Pietersen batting than anyone coaching. Please keep him in the test team as I don`t bother with 50 over or T20 matches, they are not cost effective for me.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on January 16, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    KP prob. is best that Eng has got- if hes Eng oq not. But that doesnt say much of Eng as KP is no means a great playes. A good 1-v good at his best-though not much more.

  • on January 16, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    i dont know what is the problem with Andy flower

  • cloudmess on January 16, 2014, 3:26 GMT

    Giles has always had a warmer relationship with KP - remember these 2 clinched the Ashes for England in 2005 with their pressurised 100+ partnership at the Oval. So it will be interesting to see how this plays out. I still think it is part of a coach's responsibility to be able to manage and get on with their players, even if one or two of said players can act like a prized jerks. I think Flower's inability to do this with KP (in part down to Flower's increasingly inflexible approach to his role) has been a factor behind the England team's waning confidence and team-spirit over the past 18 months.

  • on January 16, 2014, 0:50 GMT

    Stuart Broad (capt), Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler (wkt), Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Craig Kieswetter (wkt),Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.

  • 3012andyp on January 15, 2014, 22:13 GMT

    rohan024 - please climb out of Pietersen's backside. True he's class and still probably one of England's best, but he has become an unwanted distraction and his outstanding innings' are becoming less and less frequent. He's been rested for so many T20Is over the last year that England have learned to live without him, and they should continue to do so.

    Ps. Flower has done a world of good for England, one bad tour and suddenly (in your eyes) he's the villain? Has he ever publicly blamed Pietersen for anything? I can only assume you are a football fan, with such a fickle attitude towards hiring and firing of coaches.

    PPs. if i'd been an England selector he'd never have worn the 3 lions again after the 'textgate' scandal with the South Africans. No respect, I'd rather England lost without him.

  • on January 15, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    England is the only Country in the World which don't value the immense Genius of KP. He can be an automatic selection in any team of World

  • samincolumbia on January 15, 2014, 21:09 GMT

    @couchpundit/@Salazaar - While it could be argued that Sachin overstayed his welcome by a couple of years, the same yardstick cannot be applied to KP, simply because, while India had the luxury of younger talented players to easily replace Sachin, England has none. For all the money they throw at their over hyped county system, they do not have a single home grown player to match KP at the current time. I am sure ECB could find a comparable talent in Ireland, NZ, SA or Micronesia and call him english, but that's a different discussion.

  • moonfax on January 15, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    KP is needed, class player. If Flower wants to walk then go right ahead, I'll order him a cab. New coach/team director is what's needed to ensure this England team win big against big teams. A simple boost of ego against Australia's Prime Ministers XI isn't really something they should be proud of right now. Someone please show flower the door.

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 15, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    1.Hales 2.Lumb 3.KP 4.Carberry/Morgan 5.Wright 6.Patel/Bopara 7.Butler/Kieswetter 8.Stokes 9.Broad (c) 10.Tredwell 11.Dernbach

  • bobmartin on January 15, 2014, 20:03 GMT

    No player is indispensible.. and the moment he knows that that is the way the selectors feel, he can act with impunity and in consequence becomes a liability. That is what has happened to Pietersen before... and after Giles' open admiration of him.. will happen again. .. Give self-obsessed people like him an inch.. and they'll take a mile.

  • on January 15, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Still KP is the best batsman in England squad

  • gham on January 15, 2014, 19:51 GMT

    I am a big fan of Kevin Pietersen and i think that he is currently England,s best batsman. He should play all 3 formats of the game. The other good thing is that nice to see Moeen Ali in the list and i really hope that they select him in the final 15 member of squad. I think that this is a good move by the Ecb to select Kp in the t20.

  • on January 15, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    I wouldn't have KP in...t20 increasingly a specialist format and the guys who travel the world playing in all comps are at an advantage. My team would be.

    Lumb, Wright, Kieswetter, Hales, Morgan, Butler, Stokes, Patel / Borthwick, Treadwell, Broad, Dernbach.

    Like the batting but I fear the bowling isn't strong enough to take England to the final.

  • rohan024 on January 15, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    KP is indeed a genius, and anyone who thinks otherwise, doesn't know much about cricket. Its such a shame that he has to put up with a high headed coach in Andy Flower, who blames KP for everything 10 other players couldn't do right.

  • on January 15, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    England T20 team should be like this : 1.Craig Kieswetter (wkt) 2.Alex Hales 3.Kevin Pietersen 4.Luke Wright 5.Eoin Morgan 6.Ravi Bopara 7.Ben Stokes 8.Stuart Broad (capt) 9.James Tredwell 10.Steven Finn 11.Boyd Rankin.

  • on January 15, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    They should bring jason roy in 30man squad

  • on January 15, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    kp is kp no one can mtaath his genius

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 15, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    @couchpundit: Your screen name exactly highlights your level of cricketing knowledge and common sense. You are sounding like yet another 'nut job' on these forums, let alone some Indian supporters. Tendulkar was an ICONIC player, a 'once in a generation' player who had the respect, support and devotion of a billion Indian fans. It's never easy to drop such players who have given so much for a team over many years. KP is also another such player. His ego and maverick behaviour aside, he's a match winner and NOBODY else comes close to him in the English squad. Should England drop him, it would be at their own peril. Great players need some leverage from time to time. Without them, the team suffers. Besides, who is good enough in English cricket to even replace KP in any format ? My comment is also directed towards 'salazar555'.

  • 2.14istherunrate on January 15, 2014, 18:37 GMT

    I do not watch too much of the t20WC but I am aware of this much. England in SL in 2012 were BLAND,to say the least. The notable absentee of course was KP,on a break because of Flower's tantrum. Why is this even up for debate? Flower is gone,and soon hopefully from Tests too. Giles is making the right kind of noise. What is there to question?

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 15, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Apparently Willey has an injury,even so if he's not seriously injured this is so poor to leave him out. @Matt Hallett I personally rate Carberry and Kieswetter higher than Hales/Lumb but keeping Notts pair I'd still go Carb/Kies ahead Wright who hasn't done much in his last international t20's and even Morgan but they're all good I just think looking at W.I and Aus firepower wins out.At the least they should be back ups instead of Root and Bairstow I'm sure we can all agree on that.

  • on January 15, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    I Still believe England has the team which can surprise in upcoming ICC Twenty20, even in sub-continent conditions. They just need to pick their 11 carefully. Starting 11 should be : Hales,Pieterson,Wright,Morgan,Bopara,Butler,Patel,Broad,Bresnan,tredwell,Rankin

    Reserves - Kiewswetter,Dernbach,waokes,Stokes

  • CodandChips on January 15, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Don't see the point in a 30 man squad. Onions selection is so he doesn't feel too bad about his ashes snub. Same with Taylor (don't forget was in the squad for the Old Trafford Test). Moeen Ali has been selected to alert him to get ready for WI in my opinion, where he could feature in ODI squad. Not too sure about Stephen Parry as a selection, but he has bowled well at times with the white ball. James Vince and Harry Gurney are good selections as they are deserving, but I doubt either will make the final 15

  • rajarajan99 on January 15, 2014, 17:07 GMT

    @king_raj646 : What is he infront of KP? I guess you have no clue. Andy is one of the greatest I have seen. It was unfortunate that he played for Zimbabwe otherwise, he might have played more matches and had bigger record. He has all the rights to a tell what KP needs to do, andy earned it. He stood tall infront of the greats like, Wassim Akran, Waquar Unis, Allan Donald, McGrath, shane warne, Muthia Muralidharan, Javagal Srinath and Ani Kumble. Please show some respect to this player and the history of cricket.

  • Krissyrich83 on January 15, 2014, 16:50 GMT

    Can anyone explain why Peter Trego isn't in it??

  • on January 15, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Ive been watching England since 1997 and in 17 years of watching the team ive not seen a better player than Kevin Pietersen...regardless of him not being born in England in irrelevant he is box office and one of the highest scoring batsmen for England all time...so for me picking him until its evident he cant do it anymore is the way forward...there isnt any player in the county circuit in his league and if he was dumped by Flower and the ECB they would be quick to realise their loss

  • couchpundit on January 15, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    @ salazar555 - Could not agree more....problem is there are so much nut job Indians who go by what media pundits sell(they do sell as they have to gain something by selling such notions)..Any indian supporter with right mind had called for dropping Tendulkar way before 2011 let alone last two years.

    They are doing the same with Dhoni and few other flat track bullies who are in current test squad.

    BTW..lol Keiswetter is a good T20 player...not sure he merits a place in other formats. He has thrown away all his opportunities.

  • Iddo555 on January 15, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @Kidderwolf

    Kieswetter was leading run scorer in 20/20 competition in 2013 as an opening batsman/wicketkeeper. Carberry got picked for the ashes on 20/20 form and didn't score the runs Kieswetter did.

    It could be argued Kieswetter deserved to get a game as a batsman alone let alone the fact that he keeps wicket as well. I think he would be perfect for the squad, he can be the reserve keeper and also a reserve opening batsman if they don't want to start him in the 11.

  • on January 15, 2014, 16:11 GMT

    Yes KP is Million Dollar Asset.

  • Kidderwolf on January 15, 2014, 15:57 GMT

    Not sure why some people think that Kieswetter had been ignored. He has had plenty of opportunities over the past few years and has quite rightly been replaced by Buttler in the limited overs formats. I wouldn't therefore expect to see him in the final squad unless something happens to Buttler.

    Personally I would have liked to see Davies in as second keeper, but I think his lack of action anywhere so far this Winter rules him out.

  • on January 15, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    If I was the English selector I would must include KP,Anderson in my Final T20 WC squad. FOR WC 2015 Include KP -Anderson-Finn- Broad. Otherwise you won't have any chances. Finn just because of his pace Wacca/Birsbane/SCG and Kiwi pitches will be suitable for him.

  • on January 15, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Talent is NOT the MAJOR ISSUE for the current England squad, but the "ATMOSPHERE" -- the nebulous to define, but powerful in impact -- certainly is. Both Flower and KP had contributed to it; of course over a period of time. If both go, as an admirer of England for more than three decades, I would not shed a tear. If the authorities take a bold decision let both of them go, England will have a better, and importantly a more effective team.

    I think, we can all learn from the experience of the OZ team. How dramatic was the change, when almost the same set of boys got liberated from the 'Mickey mouse' style, and the 'Lehman style' took over!

  • skud on January 15, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    there is no kp there no englane t20 .

  • Iddo555 on January 15, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @king raj

    That's probably why India lost so much test cricket, they believed a single player was more important than the team. They had Tendulker play on way past his best to the detriment of the team and the results of the team.

    No one player is more important than the team, no matter how good they are, that's what we learn in sport. If Pietersen is a disruptive player, he need to go.

  • king_raj646 on January 15, 2014, 14:58 GMT

    wtf... KP is a gift to International Cricket,, had he born and playing for India.. he would have been next to Tendulkar... English Cricket doesnt know how to bring themselves up... that shows their cricketing records.. not winning a single worldcup. sorry guys plz grow up,,, If we have to pick top 11 players in world in any format.. KP takes his place.. respect his talent, and get most of him atlease till the next two years.. sack coach Flower.. what is he infront of great KP.. can he train him.. better show him the gate.. get someone like Lehman who gells with players and bring out the best of each individual... English Fans, KP is the best discovery for England.. Dont loose him...

  • Iddo555 on January 15, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Happy for Kieswetter, he has been ignored for long enough. I would have Peter Trego for Samit Patel and David Willey for Steven Finn who is obviously no where near ready to play

  • on January 15, 2014, 14:33 GMT

    @Jimmers Trego was over here in NZ helping CD to a zero win from 10 games last place finish in the HRV T20 competition. Got a few ducks too!! So, I am guessing he might have got noticed in a bad way. Go the mighty Volts!!

  • on January 15, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    @Kelum - Balance has a 57 average in List A buddy, probably has a decent pedigree for limited overs.

  • Jimmers on January 15, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Where's Trego, man? What's the bloke got to do to be noticed?

  • madras_boy on January 15, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    KP is a fantastic player and he has to be treated fairly unlike the way he has been treated recently. He is interested in playing for an IPL team which cannot be digested by the ECB and hence facing the consequences. Time is changing and ECB should provide a window for its players to participate in the IPL. Problem solved ! and please stop putting more pressure on him. I bet ENG will go to the bottom without him...

  • JG2704 on January 15, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    @ din7 on (January 15, 2014, 12:02 GMT) Before I dissect your piece , how do you make out that KP would average higher if he played for any other country?

    You make out that KP gets dropped where others don't. I'd like to know when KP has been dropped for cricketing reasons? The only time he was dropped was in the middle of the SA series and whether we agree with that or not even England wouldn't drop a player after making a big ton for cricketing reasons. Maybe Eng wouldn't have won in India without KP but he was not the biggest performer on the tour. Cook,Monty and Swann had a much greater impact on the tour. If I had the choice of Flower or KP it would be KP. If I had the choice of both or neither it would be neither

  • JG2704 on January 15, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    @Matt Hallett on (January 15, 2014, 9:22 GMT) Is Willey's injury that serious? Kieswetter definitely deserves to be in the squad. Actually that top 6 looks really potent. Even if KP drops out and you bring in Carberry (provided he takes his Hants attitude into the game) that looks as good as anything. I think we struggle more bowlingwise these days in this format. Just wonder if Napier should be there

    @ Achilles.one7 on (January 15, 2014, 9:47 GMT) Trott had a stress related illness and was probably assessed by experts before making his decision. Why would you want to have someone in your side who is not right - whether it be physically or mentally? No one's blaming it on KP alone. You have to blame at least 9 players including KP. KP averaged more than the batsmen but the fact that Stokes was our only century maker and averaged the highest says more about our batsmen than KP

  • Iddo555 on January 15, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    willey and trego should have been in with a shout of making the squad but I suppose you only need 11 to take the field so they can't have everyone.

  • JG2704 on January 15, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    @Matt Hallett on (January 15, 2014, 9:22 GMT) Is Willey's injury that serious? Kieswetter definitely deserves to be in the squad. Actually that top 6 looks really potent. Even if KP drops out and you bring in Carberry (provided he takes his Hants attitude into the game) that looks as good as anything. I think we struggle more bowlingwise these days in this format. Just wonder if Napier should be there

  • Lanky1 on January 15, 2014, 12:36 GMT

    I think you will find that Stephen Parry played in almost every limited overs game for Lancashire last year. For years Lancashire have always had 2 or 3 of the best spinners in the country and it is hard to fit them all in

  • on January 15, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Have to agree with JG2704 on this one - how has Trego avoided playing for England? And why no David Willey? Is his injury that serious? And Steven Parry? England's problems with the loss of Swann are really showing!

  • sreni on January 15, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    I guess now Giles is eyeing Test coach spot, hence supporting KP to oust Flower, all is too bad with English cricket.

  • on January 15, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    if they don't pick kp then it will be an even bigger selection mistake than the ashes party. He's the best player they have. The choice is simple. kp is far more valuable than Andy flower.

  • njr1330 on January 15, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    'Stephen Parry' ... is that the Stephen Parry who plays club cricket in the Liverpool Competition, because Lancashire don't seem to want him? If England want him and Lancs. don't ... what does that say about Lancashire's selection policy?!

  • din7 on January 15, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    KP, KP, KP..a guy who can get selected in any format in any team in the world is too poor for england? enough of talks now...dont know which great player suffer such disrespect..it seems in ecry series he played after that saga..there has been sword hanging over him..had he been in any other side he would have avg around 52...the 47 avg is a result of enourmous pressure he's put in to before evry series he plays, if he doesnt score huge amt of runs drop him..its ok if others dont! A guy who won so many matches for eng in all formats deserves no respect? Eng would have never won t20 wc nor tests in india if kp wasnt there.. even some eng fans dont have respect for kp despite him winnin u so many matches..It would had been better had he remained in SA....Its not that he's breakin the team or somethin.. he has become a easy spacegoat for eng for their ashes debacle...wont be surpriseed if he gives retirement..kp plz retire and let us see eng at bottom of test table!

  • stormy16 on January 15, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    If you ask the opposition teams which player from the Eng team would you like to see on the bench (or in England) during T20 WC, I reckons KP would draw over 90% of the votes. It's a no brainer really and its up to the coaches and administrators to find a way around and manage KP. The rest of us would be only too happy to watch the ECB trip on a banana skin and leave out KP, but as fans we want to see the best players at the WC and KP is certainly one of them. Interesting Finn is selected, not that I have any doubt he should be but I was begining to think Eng somehow want to frustrate Finn in to early retirement!

  • Baundele on January 15, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    KP is the overall top scorer for England in the Ashes in Asutralia. Still he is in the talk about getting dropped! This shows how much pressure he is under from the England management and the media. He is surviving only because of his strong personality.

  • on January 15, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    I would put Gurney in for Dernbach

  • on January 15, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    Can someone explain why Balance is in the T20 and ODI squads, he seems a sound test player but really doesn't cut the Mustard in the limited overs format.

  • Webba84 on January 15, 2014, 10:17 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver, Yeah top scoring for you team in a series can really ruin your career. Apparently.

  • JG2704 on January 15, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    I know I'm a Somerset fan but this is not bias here. I can't believe Peter Trego is not one of the best 30 T20 players in the country.

  • Achilles.one7 on January 15, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    In overall last Ashes .. KP is scored a moderate score than England Skipper. He is physically and Psychologically fit, never ran from responsibilities like Jonathan Trott did. KP played his game all the time under pressure condition too. England lost Ashes, but how can some one blame it on KP???

  • wrenx on January 15, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @Dark_Harlequin it's just following from Cook's captaincy, watching him set fields to where the ball has just gone. Chasing the game, rushing to get the barn door closed after the horse has bolted

  • on January 15, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Dawie Malan can't even score 50 for his club side over here in Cape Town. Why would he be selected to play in an international tournament.

  • on January 15, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST - Willey has been injured. He was due to be with the EPP in Australia but had to pull out. As for Kieswetter and Carberry, we currently have a top order of Hales, Lumb, Wright, KP, Morgan and Buttler. Who gets dropped for those two?

  • on January 15, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Steven Parry? Who's he?

    In fact, I'm wondering who <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/215058.html">Stephen Parry</a> is too.

  • Harlequin. on January 15, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Now they include Onions??!! For the format he is probably least suited to! On pitches which are least likely to suit his bowling style!

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 15, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Not sure why Ali Bairstow Root Taylor are in a T20 squad ? David Malan ahead all of them no question and I'm Amazed Willey hasn't even been included ina 30 man squad ! I'd have him ahead of all the allroudners here maybe it's a case of him or Dernbach . . . At least they selected Kieswetter and Carberry who criminally arn't in Aus squad despite being the standout batsman in the FP T20 both smashing over 500 runs in 11 games.

  • RoBoBobster on January 15, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @ESPNcricinfo Jordan has also not played T20 Internationals

  • Baundele on January 15, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    At that rate, Flower should value 5M+.

  • BradmanBestEver on January 15, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    rofl! - that KP asset has recently suffered a large, permanent diminution in value that is yet to be recognized by the Giles auditor

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  • BradmanBestEver on January 15, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    rofl! - that KP asset has recently suffered a large, permanent diminution in value that is yet to be recognized by the Giles auditor

  • Baundele on January 15, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    At that rate, Flower should value 5M+.

  • RoBoBobster on January 15, 2014, 8:40 GMT

    @ESPNcricinfo Jordan has also not played T20 Internationals

  • BRUTALANALYST on January 15, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Not sure why Ali Bairstow Root Taylor are in a T20 squad ? David Malan ahead all of them no question and I'm Amazed Willey hasn't even been included ina 30 man squad ! I'd have him ahead of all the allroudners here maybe it's a case of him or Dernbach . . . At least they selected Kieswetter and Carberry who criminally arn't in Aus squad despite being the standout batsman in the FP T20 both smashing over 500 runs in 11 games.

  • Harlequin. on January 15, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Now they include Onions??!! For the format he is probably least suited to! On pitches which are least likely to suit his bowling style!

  • on January 15, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    Steven Parry? Who's he?

    In fact, I'm wondering who <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/215058.html">Stephen Parry</a> is too.

  • on January 15, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    BRUTALANALYST - Willey has been injured. He was due to be with the EPP in Australia but had to pull out. As for Kieswetter and Carberry, we currently have a top order of Hales, Lumb, Wright, KP, Morgan and Buttler. Who gets dropped for those two?

  • on January 15, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Dawie Malan can't even score 50 for his club side over here in Cape Town. Why would he be selected to play in an international tournament.

  • wrenx on January 15, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @Dark_Harlequin it's just following from Cook's captaincy, watching him set fields to where the ball has just gone. Chasing the game, rushing to get the barn door closed after the horse has bolted

  • Achilles.one7 on January 15, 2014, 9:47 GMT

    In overall last Ashes .. KP is scored a moderate score than England Skipper. He is physically and Psychologically fit, never ran from responsibilities like Jonathan Trott did. KP played his game all the time under pressure condition too. England lost Ashes, but how can some one blame it on KP???