London - Alex Hales was left out of England's one-day squad for March's
three-match series in the West Indies announced on Friday because of a
broken hand, with Test spearhead Stuart Broad also omitted.
absence was the only change to the 15-man squad that recently lost a
three-match ODI series in India. England will now take a 14-strong party
to the Caribbean, with no replacement selected for the Nottinghamshire
That should mean Sam Billings has more
opportunities to secure his place at the top of the order alongside
Jason Roy ahead of the 50-over Champions Trophy tournament in England in
Meanwhile England's selectors have showed faith in their
existing bowling group, with no recalls for the pace trio of Broad,
Steven Finn and all-rounder Chris Jordan.
England's quick bowling
had been in the spotlight following the various struggles of Jake Ball,
Liam Plunkett and David Willey to prove a consistent threat on placid
Broad, 30, who has played just two ODIs since
England's miserable 2015 World Cup campaign, is keen to continue his
career in international white-ball cricket and impressed recently during
a brief stint with the Hobart Hurricanes in Australia's domestic
Twenty20 Big Bash competition.
But Friday's squad announcement indicates England see his international future as a Test specialist.
is a huge emphasis on white ball cricket during the first half of 2017,
as we continue our preparation ahead of this summer's ICC Champions
Trophy tournament in England," said chairperson of selectors James Whitaker
in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.
"We felt it was important to keep faith with the squad that competed during the recent tour of India.
current group of players are making excellent progress under the
captaincy of Eoin Morgan and head coach Trevor Bayliss and the tour of
the Caribbean will enable the team to test themselves in different
conditions against a competitive side in the West Indies."
saw an England side captained by Morgan beat India by seven wickets in
Kanpur in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.
due to arrive in St Kitts on February 22 and will play two warm-up
matches at Warner Park before facing the West Indies twice in Antigua
and once in Barbados.
Hales, who last year made England's highest
individual ODI score - 171 against Pakistan at his Trent Bridge home
ground - has been told he does not need surgery and could now take part
in the player auction for the lucrative Indian Premier League Twenty20
He should also be fit for England's next two home ODIs, both against Ireland, in May.
England ODI squad:
Ali (Worcestershire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jake Ball
(Nottinghamshire), Sam Billings (Kent), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wkt),
Liam Dawson (Hampshire), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Liam Plunkett
(Yorkshire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy
(Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), David Willey (Yorkshire), Chris Woakes
February 25: Warm-up match, (50 overs): WICB President's XI v England XI, Warner Park, St. Kitts & Nevis (13:30 GMT)
February 27: Warm-up match (50 overs), WICB President's XI v England XI, Warner Park, St. Kitts & Nevis (13:30 GMT)
March 3: 1ST ODI, WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (13:30 GMT)
March 5: 2ND ODI, WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua (13:30 GMT)
March 9: 3RD ODI, WEST INDIES v ENGLAND, Kensington Oval, Barbados (13:30 GMT)