England think tank: limited-overs supremo Ashley Giles and batting coach Graham Thorpe share a joke ahead of the upcoming five-match ODI series with Australia, which gets under way in Leeds on Friday
England begin their five-match one-day international series against Australia at Headingley on Friday morning, and we give you the lowdown on the new-look 14-man squad led by stand-in skipper Eoin Morgan.
With the recent two-match Twenty20 series having been shared, the home team now have a great chance to move above the tourists in the ODI rankings, with England currently just one place and two points off second-placed Australia in the standings going into these five games.
And so there is all to play for in these upcoming internationals as both nations look to finalise their plans ahead of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
England ODI squad v Australia: E Morgan (Middlesex, capt), R Bopara (Essex), J Buttler (Somerset), M Carberry (Hampshire), S Finn (Middlesex), C Jordan (Sussex), J Overton (Somerset), K Pietersen (Surrey), B Rankin (Warwickshire), J Root (Yorkshire), B Stokes (Durham), J Tredwell (Kent), J Trott (Warwickshire), L Wright (Sussex).
Age: 26 Matches: 102 Runs: 2899 HS: 115 Ave: 37.64 SR: 86.15 100: 4 50: 17
England’s temporary captain in the absence of the rested Alastair Cook is still one of the home team’s most important and destructive batsmen, even if the experienced Middlesex player has suffered a relative dip in form with the bat for his adopted country of late, notwithstanding his stunning ton against Ireland on Tuesday.
Age: 28 Matches: 89 Runs: 2045 HS: 96 Ave: 31.46 SR: 77.66 100: 0 50: 10
Wkts: 26 BB: 4/38 Ave: 34.53 Econ: 4.7
This series will be the perfect opportunity for Bopara to prove he has fully recovered from the off-field issues that dogged him all last summer and continue the fine form which he displayed with both bat and ball during this summer’s ICC Champions Trophy, as well as against the Irish on Tuesday.
Age: 22 Matches: 14 Runs: 116 HS: 47* Ave: 11.6 SR: 134.88 100: 0 50: 0
It would a surprise if the inventive Somerset stumper does not decide at least one of the upcoming five ODIs with the bat, as Butler did to such devastating effect against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in June when smashing an unbeaten 47 from just 16 balls at the end of England’s innings to help propel the hosts to a match-winning total.
The in-form Hampshire opener is belatedly in line to make his long-awaited ODI debut for England in Leeds on Friday after surprisingly being overlooked in both of the home side’s recent T20 internationals against Australia.
Age: 24 Matches: 35 Runs: 80 HS: 35 Ave: 13.33 SR: 89.88 100: 0 50: 0
Wkts: 55 BB: 4/34 Ave: 26.94 Econ: 4.67
This is a big series for the tall Middlesex paceman, especially given the dearth of seam-bowling experience alongside him in the squad against what is a powerful-looking Australia batting lineup.
It will be fascinating to see how the Sussex all-rounder fares if given a chance in any of the forthcoming five ODIs after becoming the first player to snare 50 Championship wickets this season. He also recorded impressive figures of four for 38 on his Lions debut last month.
Another new face in the England setup, although it is doubtful that the up-and-coming Somerset bowler will be risked against the Aussies. Unless for a dead rubber at the end of the series that is.
Age: 33 Matches: 132 Runs: 4369 HS: 130 Ave: 41.6 SR: 86.75 100: 9 50: 24
Wkts: 7 BB: 2/22 Ave: 52.85 Econ: 5.55
One of the few England ODI regulars not to have been given a rest against Australia by coach Ashley Giles, perhaps because the big-hitting middle-order batsman missed the recent ICC Champions Trophy, as well as both of the limited-overs series’ with New Zealand earlier this year.
Age: 29 Matches: 37 Runs: 35 HS: 7* Ave: 7 SR: 33.33 100: 0 50: 0
Wkts: 43 BB: 3/32 Ave: 32.34 Econ: 4.9
After the lanky paceman’s impressive bowling display against his compatriots on Tuesday, when the Warwickshire seamer recorded figures of four for 46, England’s latest version of Chris Tremlett looks certain to be handed the new ball at Headingley on Friday and with great anticipation surrounding his upcoming performances too.
Age: 22 Matches: 16 Runs: 590 HS: 79* Ave: 49.16 SR: 86 100: 0 50: 4
Wkts: 2 BB: 1/20 Ave: 124 Econ: 5.9
You would not bet against another match-winning ton from the Yorkshire tyro on his home ground on Friday, like the one he produced in the second Test against New Zealand earlier this summer, with the youngster now a regular fixture in all forms of the game for England.
Age: 22 Matches: 5 Runs: 30 HS: 20 Ave: 10 SR: 57.69 100: 0 50: 0
There is great excitement surrounding the enormous potential of the New Zealand-born all-rounder, who should be given all five ODIs to demonstrate just how well his game—with both bat and ball—stands up to the rigours of international cricket under what is sure to be a searching examination by Australia.
Age: 31 Matches: 19 Runs: 50 HS: 16 Ave: 10 SR: 45.45 100: 0 50: 0
Wkts: 30 BB: 4/44 Ave: 23.66 Econ: 4.76
England’s Mr Reliable, so much so that the Kent off spinner is even considered by some in the media now as being the home team’s No 1 tweaker in this form of the game after his eye-catching displays with the ball for his country this year in the absence of regular offie Graeme Swann.
Age: 32 Matches: 65 Runs: 2791 HS: 137 Ave: 52.66 SR: 77.2 100: 4 50: 22
Wkts: 2 BB: 2/31 Ave: 83 Econ: 5.44
Like Pietersen, another one of England’s first-choice ODI stars not to have been given a rest for this series after the Ashes, although anyone who knows the Warwickshire batsman will tell you he would have been furious to have been omitted from the squad in the first place.
Age: 28 Matches: 46 Runs: 701 HS: 52 Ave: 22.61 SR: 89.29 100: 0 50: 2
Wkts: 15 BB: 2/34 Ave: 57.53 Econ: 5.07
The Sussex all-rounder has not played for his country since their humiliating 10-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup quarter-finals in Colombo in March 2011.
However, Wright is now a far more confident and technically accomplished batsman after a recent successful spell in the Big Bash Down Under, so it will be intriguing to see if he can bring that new-found belief in his game to the fore in these five ODIs against Australia.