Strauss returns for NatWest Series
The England selectors today announced a 13-man squad under the captaincy of Andrew Strauss for the forthcoming one-day international against Scotland and the NatWest Series against Australia.
Strauss returns to the one-day squad together with Lancashire pace bowler James Anderson after both were rested for the recent tour of Bangladesh.
Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell and Sussex all-rounder Michael Yardy have also been recalled to a squad which includes 11 players who featured in England’s triumphant ICC World Twenty20 campaign in the West Indies.
ECB national selector Geoff Miller said: “We are very pleased with the progress our one-day squad has made under the leadership of Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower over the past 18 months and the challenge facing the squad now is to maintain the form they showed over the winter against the world’s number one side in 50-over cricket.
“We have named a slightly smaller squad for this summer’s NatWest Series than in previous years as our own programme closely mirrors the England Lions’ schedule for their triangular series against India A and West Indies A.
“We will draw on additional players from the Lions squad if required and will also consider using the Lions programme to give non-playing members of the one-day squad match practice where appropriate.
“At this stage, it is our intention to announce the Lions squad shortly before our first NatWest Series fixture against Australia.
“Craig Kieswetter made a century in only his third one-day international on the tour of Bangladesh and continued to impress during the World T20 tournament in the Caribbean.
“He has been earmarked for a role at the top of the order and I am sure he will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against high quality opposition.
“We are also pleased to welcome back Ian Bell to the one-day squad. He has performed well for Warwickshire this season in limited-overs cricket and worked hard to add a more positive, attacking approach to his game in the 50-over format.
“Michael Yardy’s inclusion is a reward for performing consistently to a high level in the World T20 in the Caribbean and also reflects our longer term planning for a World Cup in the Indian sub-continent next year in which spin bowling will be a major feature.”
England one-day squad
Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Craig Kieswetter (wicketkeeper, Somerset)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)
Michael Yardy (Sussex)