Cricket: A Look into England's One Day Side as Pakistan Fast Approach

David Moulson@mouls11Contributor IJanuary 1, 2012

England have gone from strength to strength in the Test arena, being world No. 1 and are the current World T20 Champions, but why on earth are they doing so badly in one day cricket? I am going to look into the ranks of the English and pick my XI. 

So people, Jade Dernbach is not the best on the world stage his slower ball is extremely predictable.

Graeme Swann was far from his test form in the one day arena and newcomers like Stuart Meaker and old stayers like Samit Patel are not living up to expectation.

With Ravi Bopara having more chances than a Monopoly set, I think it's time to get out of the old routine and bring in the top one-day county players. 

So, here is the team I personally would pick if I was in charge and doing Andy Flowers' job.

Craig Kieswetter (Wicketkeeper) 

He has the ability to take the game away at the top of the order. I like his aggression at the top of the order. He is obviously not going to come off every time, but that is the reason you go for stability or flexibility in your order.

Stephen Moore

Moore has been in outstanding form last season, and had he not broken his collar bone the season before, I am positive he would be knocking on the door for an England call up.

His One Day form for the red rose county was not fully noticed this season, but he was the leading run scorer in T20 and his form was also impressive in the Pro40. I have personally seen him hit an impressive half century at Colwyn Bay for Lancashire as they chased over 300 against Glamorgan. 

Jonathon Trott

Mr Consistent in all forms of the game. You can't leave him out of any game, in my opinion. He is the stability if Kieswetter doesn't come off.

Kevin Pietersen (Captain)

He is going to be a mainstay in the team, and I would also have him as captain. I think the pressure would bring out the best in our Kevin, as it did when Peter Moore's was in charge. 

Eion Morgan

In my opinion, one of the best one-day players in world cricket. Was missed by England in India, where he had a shoulder injury. He is one of the hardest batsmen to bowl at because he is so strong in so many areas.

James Taylor

Consistently impressive in county cricket, I think it is only a matter of time until he is going to be set to play for England again, after making his debut against Ireland in 2011.

I think having Morgan and Taylor in the team, you have a fast-paced run scoring middle order with the flamboyance of Pietersen and the consistency of Trott. The middle order speaks for itself.

Ben Stokes

Hard hitting, naggy bowling and good fielding. In my opinion, he has everything to be a world class all rounder, I think he needs the chance to showcase what he can do and hopefully the England selectors will put him back in sooner rather than later.

Stuart Broad

One of the big names in the English games. Can bat and bowls with good wheels, he will always be one of the first names on the team sheet.

Chris Woakes

One of the success stories of a bad series in Australia last winter and has not really been given a chance since. I think it's time he becomes the first change in the England attack.

James Anderson

The King of Swing was the other year the White Ball King, he just need to find his old form in the short game and remember he bowls one of the best yorkers in the game.

Danny Briggs

Swann has not lived up to expectation on the turning pitches in India, so I personally would look at the best one-day spin bowler in the country. Hampshire rely on him considerably, and he is always there to take wickets. 

So this is my team and I am open to any alterations in my team. I'd like to know everyone's opinions from England fans to the likes of Indian fans and Pakistan fans as to what they think England can do to match their achievements of recent years.


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