London - England have rested several of their Ashes-winning Test side,
including captain Alastair Cook, from a squad announced Tuesday for
their upcoming one-day internationals against Ireland and Australia.
well as Cook, England have left out Stuart Broad, Ian Bell, James
Anderson and Graeme Swann from their party for the lone one-day
international against Ireland and the five-match one-day series with
Australia that follows.
However, star batsman Kevin Pietersen has
been included in the squad for the Australia series, with fellow
Ashes-winning batsmen Joe Root and Jonathan Trott also set to face
England's arch-rivals in the one-day format after they too were excused
the trip to Dublin.
Former Ireland international Eoin Morgan will
captain the side in the absence of Cook and Broad, with the squad
including five uncapped players in pacemen Chris Jordan and Jamie
Overton as well as Morgan's fellow ex-Ireland star Boyd Rankin.
batsmen Michael Carberry, a key figure with the successful Hampshire
county one-day side, and Yorkshire's Gary Ballance will also look to win
their first ODI caps.
With Australia's 18-man squad containing
just seven players who took part in the Ashes, it is clear both
countries are looking ahead to the return Ashes series in Australia
starting in November.
England begin their tour with a three-day
match against Western Australia starting on October 31, meaning leading
players will have little time for a break after a packed home schedule
followed back-to-back tours of India and New Zealand.
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," said England national selector
Geoff Miller in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued
"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," former
England off-spinner Miller added.
"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."
Cook, Anderson, Bell,
Broad and Swann were all involved -- Pietersen was injured in the early
part of the English season -- as England won a home Test series against
New Zealand, reached the final of the Champions Trophy and retained the
Ashes with a 3-0 win over Australia in a five-match series concluded
with a dramatic draw at The Oval on Sunday.
This latest squad
announcement means Cook -- who does not play Twenty20 international
cricket -- has been rested from a squad for the first time since he took
over the Test captaincy a year ago.
England and Australia will
next meet in a separate two-match Twenty20 series, where the hosts will
be captained by Broad and Australia by George Bailey rather than Test
skipper Michael Clarke, in fixtures at Southampton and Durham on
Thursday and Saturday respectively.
England ODI squad vs Ireland:
Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ravi Bopara
(Essex), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset, wkt), Michael
Carberry (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex),
Jamie Overton (Somerset), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Ben Stokes
(Durham), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Luke
England ODI squad to play Australia:
Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Somerset,
wkt), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Chris
Jordan (Sussex), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey),
Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham),
James Tredwell (Kent), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Luke Wright
Sept 03: v Ireland, Malahide Cricket Club (11:30GMT)
Sept 06: 1st ODI, Headingley (11:15)
Sept 08: 2nd ODI, Old Trafford (11:15)
Sept 11: 3rd ODI, Edgbaston (15:00)
Sept 14: 4th ODI, Cardiff (11:15)
Sept 16: 5th ODI, Southampton (15:00)