Meaker makes England squad
The England selectors today named a 15-man squad for the forthcoming tour of India. The four-week tour includes five one-day internationals and an international Twenty20 fixture.
The 15-man squad contains one uncapped player, Surrey pace bowler Stuart Meaker. Meaker has spent the last two winters on the fast bowling programme before making his debut for England Lions against Sri Lanka A this summer.
Three other players not involved in this month’s ODI series win over India have been included in the squad: Surrey batsman Kevin Pietersen, Durham’s Scott Borthwick and Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes.
James Anderson will be rested for the tour while Ben Stokes has not been selected in order for the 20-year-old to undergo a rehabilitation programme on a finger injury.
Two additional players, Jos Buttler of Somerset and Nottinghamshire opener Alex Hales, will join the squad ahead of the Twenty20 fixture on October 29.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "This squad contains an exciting balance of experienced international cricketers along with some very talented younger players who can play the high quality limited-overs cricket needed to challenge India.
"A number of injuries and a decision to omit James Anderson in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads give opportunities for other very talented players to continue to develop as international cricketers.
"We had a promising one-day series win over India earlier this month and this squad will be looking forward to the challenge of continuing that success in the sub-continent over the next four weeks.
"The additions to the squad for the Twenty20 fixture will strengthen the squad and provide Jos Buttler and Alex Hales with valuable experience of playing on the sub-continent.
"Stuart Broad is currently undergoing a period of rehabilitation for a shoulder injury. However, he will join the squad in India if he completes his rehabilitation programme ahead of schedule. Graeme Swann will once again lead the Twenty20 side if Stuart is unable to join the squad."
England ODI squad
Alastair Cook (captain, Essex)
Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Scott Borthwick (Durham)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Stuart Meaker (Surrey)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Jos Buttler (Somerset) - for T20 only
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire) - for T20 only