22 June 2007

England ODI squad

As expected England have announced that Paul Collingwood will captain the ODI side and left out Michael Vaughan. There are various players unavailable for selection who would have played which has allowed for some interesting selections.

The squad, in alphabetical order, is: Paul Collingwood, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Jonathan Trott, Michael Yardy.

It's good to see Alastair Cook in the squad, and Stuart Broad despite the pasting he took yesterday for England Lions. Ryan Sidebottom is an interesting selection - he is in the same mould as Matthew Hoggard so it will be interesting to see how economical he is in international cricket. In English conditions with the ball swinging he may go alright, but I'd be concerned about him opening the bowling against players like Hayden and Gilchrist or Smith and De Villiers abroad. Michael Yardy is an obvious one as Dalrymple didn't really impress when given his chance and Yardy showed promise when he played in ODIs before.

The two new boys are Jonathan Trott and Dimitri Mascarenas. They both spent a lot of time abroad in their youth which can only stand them in good stead! And they have really good County records so given the injuries England have, why not see if they can step up?

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