England limited-overs party revealed
The England selectors today named England’s Twenty20 and one-day international squad for the forthcoming series against Australia.
Andrew Strauss will captain England’s ODI party throughout a seven-match series, while Paul Collingwood will lead the current WorldTwenty20 champions for a two-match rubber.
Warwickshire bowler Chris Woakes is the only uncapped player named in the squad and he will be joined by Somerset’s Craig Kieswetter (Twenty20 series only), Sussex’s Luke Wright and Michael Yardy, plus Kent’s James Tredwell ahead of the first T20 against Australia on January 12 in Adelaide.
England national selector Geoff Miller said: “While our focus is currently on retaining the Ashes in Australia we are excited by the prospect of taking on Australia in the limited-overs format as they are amongst the best in the world in the shorter form of the game.
“We believe we’ve picked a well balanced squad to cover both the two Twenty20 matches and the ensuing seven-match ODI series against Australia.
"This series will be the ideal lead up to the ICC World Cup, which immediately follows the tour of Australia.
“With Stuart Broad ruled out of the series we’ve needed to bolster our pace bowling stocks and Chris Woakes comes into the squad after knocking on the door for some time.
"Chris will be hungry for his international debut and vying for a place with a number of other quality pace bowlers.
“Craig Kieswetter will join the squad for two Twenty20 matches only before joining the England Lions tour of the West Indies.
“To pit yourself against the number one ranked ODI side in the world over a seven-match series is the perfect preparation for a World Cup and we’ll be looking to continue the recent run of results the ODI squad has enjoyed over the past 18 months.”
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, ODI captain - ODI squad only)
Paul Collingwood (Durham, T20 captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Steven Davies (Surrey)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Craig Kieswetter (Somerset - T20 squad only)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Tremlett (Surrey)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)
Michael Yardy (Sussex)