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All change for England
12:01pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
FORMER England captain Michael Vaughan believes fans should be offered refunds for the upcoming one-day international series against Australia after the core of the Ashes winning team were left out of the 50-over squad.
The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed that skipper Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Graeme Swann would be rested for the fivematch series, as well as next week’s one-off match against Ireland in Dublin.
Jonny Bairstow and Chris Woakes, who debuted at the Kia Oval last week, have also not been included in the squad.
With Australia also making a raft of changes – only seven of their 18-man ODI squad played in the Test series – both countries clearly have their eye on the return Ashes series in November.
While that may appear understandable given the short turnaround between series – and following a busy summer schedule – it means England fans wishing to see their Ashes winners in action will instead be treated to a 14-man squad captained by Eoin Morgan and including five uncapped players.
While the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root, who will not travel to Ireland, have been retained for the Australia games, Vaughan believes supporters who have already purchased their tickets will be shortchanged.
Vaughan wrote on Twitter: ‘‘I would have only rested Captain Cook.. Plenty of time to rest from Sept 16th – Nov 21st!!!? Can’t sell tickets then rest 5 star names!!!!
‘‘No problems resting players but I think Supporters who have paid good money to watch the best should get a small refund...’’ The series will be the first time Cook has been rested from an England team since he took over the Test captaincy 12 months ago.
Since then he has led tours to India and New Zealand before a summer campaign that has included the emotion of his first Ashes success in charge, a run to the Champions Trophy final and a 2-0 Test series win over the Black Caps.
England have previously sought to protect their bowlers from the rigours of the international schedule and, with Tim Bresnan sidelined by a back problem, have opted not to take any risks with their attack.
All three played in every Test this summer with Swann having only returned from elbow surgery on the eve of the New Zealand series.
Bell’s importance to the team was underlined as he claimed the man-of-the-series award with three centuries.
England can afford to put the 31-year-old in cotton wool given those performances, with their first match of the Australia tour just two months away in Perth on October 31.
National selector Geoff Miller confirmed allowing players time to recover was foremost in their decisionmaking, with the series now set to become an audition for uncapped players like Jamie Overton, Michael Carberry and Chris Jordan the chance to impress with the World Cup 18 months away.
‘‘Following a 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,’’ Miller said.
‘‘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 World Cup, which is less than 18 months away.’’ England will look at pace bowling options in the series with Jordan and Overton receiving senior call-ups for the first time, and joining Morgan’s fellow Irishman Boyd Rankin in a revamped attack.
Veteran batsman Carberry, enjoying a fine white-ball season with Hampshire, also stands on the verge of a first ODI cap, as does highly-rated Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance.
Balance, Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor and Hampshire spinner Danny Briggs will drop out after the Ireland match to make way.
Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes, who made his debut in Dublin two years ago but has made just four ODI appearances since, is in both squads, as is Luke Wright, whose last 50-over appearance came in March 2011.
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