Buttler and Briggs earn England calls

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Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler has been rewarded for his fine form with the England Lions with a call-up for the one-day international series against Pakistan

The selectors today named the England one-day international squad for the series against Pakistan, beginning in Abu Dhabi on Monday 13 February, and the squad for the Twenty20 series, beginning in Dubai on Thursday 23 February.

The 16-man ODI squad sees the inclusion of Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs and Somerset batsman Jos Buttler for the first time.

Buttler made his international T20 debut last summer against India, but is yet to play for England in the 50-over format.

Both players have spent the winter with the England Performance Programme in India and with England Lions in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

The squad will face England Lions on Friday 10 February in Abu Dhabi in preparation for the series against Pakistan.

Stuart Broad will captain a 15-man T20 squad that includes Nottinghamshire’s Alex Hales for the three-match series against Pakistan.

Tim Bresnan’s inclusion in both squads is subject to a fitness assessment during the preparation period as he continues his recovery following an elbow operation.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "We have selected two squads that include both experienced international players and younger players who have performed strongly for England Lions in recent months and deserve an opportunity to further test themselves against quality opposition.

"Playing against Pakistan in the UAE will be challenging but it is important that these players continue to develop their skills so that we are able to make strides in limited-overs cricket, particularly on the sub-continent."

England ODI squad vs Pakistan

Alastair Cook (captain, Essex)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ravi Bopara(Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Jos Buttler (Somerset)
Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

England T20 squad vs Pakistan

Stuart Broad (captain, Nottinghamshire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Danny Briggs (Hampshire)
Jos Buttler (Somerset)
Jade Dernbach (Surrey)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

ODI fixtures

Warm-up match vs England Lions, February 10, Abu Dhabi

1st ODI, February 13, Abu Dhabi
2nd ODI, February 15, Abu Dhabi
3rd ODI, February 18, Dubai
4th ODI, February 21, Dubai

T20 series vs Pakistan

1st T20, February 23, Dubai
2nd T20, February 25, Dubai
3rd T20, February 27, Abu Dhabi

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