Australia in England 2013

Cook among England players rested

Alan Gardner

August 27, 2013

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Kevin Pietersen smashes one through the off side, India v England, 4th ODI, Mohali, January 23, 2013
Kevin Pietersen's last ODI appearance came on the tour of India in January © BCCI
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England have rested Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad for the ODI series against Australia after their involvement in the 3-0 Ashes victory. In Cook's absence, Eoin Morgan will captain the side. Kevin Pietersen, who returned from a knee injury shortly before the Test series, is also included in the 14-man squad.

England will play five ODIs against Australia after a one-off fixture against Ireland next Tuesday. Pietersen, Joe Root and Jonathan Trott will not travel to Dublin for that match, during which Morgan will again lead the side.

Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton receive senior call-ups for the first time, while Michael Carberry, capped once previously in Tests, is now in both limited-overs squads. Boyd Rankin, the former Ireland fast bowler who made his England debut during the T20 series against New Zealand earlier in the summer, and Luke Wright, whose last ODI appearance came during the 2011 World Cup, are also included.

Gary Ballance, Danny Briggs and James Taylor are the three players replacing Pietersen, Root and Trott in the 14 to take on Ireland, with Yorkshire batsman Ballance in line for a potential debut. In all, five players yet to play ODIs for England have been included.

Of the XI who played in England's defeat to India in the Champions Trophy final in June, five will be missing against Australia - in addition to Cook, Bell, Broad and Anderson, Tim Bresnan is absent through injury. Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes, who were part of the Champions Trophy squad, have also been omitted, possibly to allow them more red-ball cricket with their counties during the Championship run-in.

"Following a very intense period of cricket this summer we have decided to rest a number of senior players, which will allow them to recover from a heavy workload over the last three months and to prepare for the tour of Australia which begins in eight weeks," England's national selector, Geoff Miller, said.

"This creates an excellent opportunity for players who have impressed in county cricket and for England Lions recently to test themselves at international level as we continue to build a squad ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, which is less than 18 months away. There are a number of very experienced one-day players in the squad alongside players who are new to international cricket and we are expecting a very tough challenge both from a strong Ireland side and then from Australia in what will no doubt be a very competitive NatWest series."

Pietersen has been included despite saying during the Test series that he would have to manage his knee for the rest of his career. He didn't play for three months after suffering bruising to the joint on the tour of New Zealand. His last ODI appearance came in January, during the ODI series in India, and he has been carefully looked after by England since briefly retiring from limited-overs cricket last year.

Without their established openers Cook and Bell, Carberry looks set for a first ODI appearance after a summer of heavy scoring for Hampshire. He could be partnered by Root, who has spent his one-day career to date in the middle order. Despite the struggles that led to him being dropped from the Test side, Steven Finn will be the senior fast bowler in an inexperienced attack, with James Tredwell continuing to deputise for Swann and Jos Buttler retaining the wicketkeeping gloves.

Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, has plenty of in-form players to look at as he begins to shape plans for the 2015 World Cup. Wright, who made his highest List A score - 143 not out from 68 balls - when captaining England Lions against Bangladesh A, has hit four centuries in his last ten innings in all formats; Ballance has made scores of 104, 115 and 87 in three knocks for the Lions; while Sussex allrounder Jordan, the first player to take 50 Championship wickets this season, claimed 4 for 38 on his Lions debut last week.

Morgan, meanwhile, hit 90 for Middlesex in the YB40 on Monday, his first half-century since returning from a broken finger that required surgery after the T20s against New Zealand in June. Buttler and Ravi Bopara also played significant innings for their counties over the Bank Holiday weekend.

England squad to play Ireland: Eoin Morgan (capt), Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

England squad to play Australia: Eoin Morgan (capt), Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Jamie Overton, Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright.

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Posted by davidge on (August 29, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

Having paid £80 for a ticket I feel let down by the selectors. I wasn't expecting to see a second eleven play. I won't be buying tickets for one-dayers next season.

Posted by JG2704 on (August 29, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

@SDH12 - In terms of entertainment I agree

@crockit - I think he's there as a way of integrating him into the set up. I'd rather they left him alone and just had him playing Lions games

@Steve Back - Luke Wright was our best batsman in the last T20 WC and is just coming off 2 tons , sandwiching a 60 in the YB40 - Is that really a hilarious selection? Strange sense of humour

@Siddharth Jena - It also gives us a chance to look at players who many of us have wanted to see play 50 over cricket for England

@salazar555 - A few of us have already said why Eng are going for Jos ahead of Craig - because Jos is more suited to the number 5,6 or 7 and Eng want to look at other options to open - which is Craig's natural position. Please either counter these views or stop harping on about Craig playing for England

Posted by 512fm on (August 28, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Jeez what does David Wiley to get a call up??

Posted by subbass on (August 28, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

"This resting experiment resulted in a humiliation in the ODI series in India "

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Yeah 3-2 is shameful especially when you don't play your best side *sarcasm*.

Besides everyone knows Test cricket is the true guide to how good a cricketer one really is and over 4+ Tests the best side always wins. Last two Test series involving England v India anyone recall the scoreline ?

Ok I'll help, the scoreline was 6-1 to England.

Posted by AKS286 on (August 28, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

England is far better ODI team than Australia. Australian Test, ODI teams are very poor. They blame BBL, IPL but they are poor in T20 too. I really missing Hales, Lumb, Roland Jones, Tremlett. But still Aus will face loss. Lumb, Root, Hales, KP, Buttler, Morgan, Wright, Tredwell, Tremlett, Roland Jones, Finn. S.Marsh, Finch, Watson, Bailey, Voges, Haddin, Moises, Johnson, McKay, Harris/Cutting, Beer

Posted by SDHM on (August 28, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

@salazar555 - Kieswetter really isn't suited to the middle order role that Buttler plays though. I am disappointed for him seeing as he's done everything England asked him to do - his keeping has improved immeasurably and he's been scoring runs in all formats - but I have a sneaking feeling he might find his way into the Ashes party yet. If he's not opening in one day cricket, I think he's being wasted, hence why Buttler is a better bet and deserves a long run.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (August 28, 2013, 13:26 GMT)

@Salazar 555, Re Jordan, I think the WI already have a number of players in their ranks such as Sammy, Russel & Dwayne Bravo who have been quite similar to Jordan in that they bowl medium fast seamers & bat in the lower middle order, or if you like, bits n pieces all rounders. For that matter I can see why they have not picked him in the past. I haven't seen Jordan play this year but by all accounts he has put on a yard of pace & his FC stats with the bowl are excellent. Given that he perhaps can now be seen more as a bowler who bats a bit, he may well have become a more appealing selection for WI. However Eng have called him up & if he would have turned them down he would have lost his Eng qualified status & would have had to play as an overseas player in CC, which may well have left him without a County & with no gurantee of ever playing int cricket for WI, so you can't blame the guy for taking this opportunity.

Posted by Jamie-1212 on (August 28, 2013, 13:04 GMT)

@salazar555 Personally, i'm not a fan of Ravi Bopara and as stated below wouldn't mind if Luke Wright or even Ben Stokes was picked ahead of him. But IMO England will pick Ravi as they like his bowling performances for England in one day cricket over the last year or so.

Please be patient with Jos Buttler he is being picked for ODI cricket based on his List A average of 49 at a strike rate of 123 and also his potential to be a star for England in the future. Buttler is a game changer, just like Morgan and Pietersen. These sort of players are hard to come by hence why England are giving him a long run in the team and a chance to settle. His form in ODi cricket has been poor so far, but i don't think it helps when England consistently get off to a slow start and leave Morgan and Buttler 10 overs at the end, to catch up on the slow run rate. Re: Kieswetter.. He struggles to rotate the strike and this is the area where he needs to improve before he is considered again for England.

Posted by   on (August 28, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Good Selection!!! Loved the tactics of selection committee.. england and SA is heading in right direction nowdays..

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