England Name Radical Squads for West Indies Tour and World T20 in Post-KP Era

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterFebruary 6, 2014

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 02:  Stuart Broad of England shows his frustration during game three of the International Twenty20 series between Australia and England at ANZ Stadium on February 2, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

England named their first squads after choosing to end Kevin Pietersen's international career, and they made some surprise picks for the tour of the West Indies later this month and the World Twenty20 event in Bangladesh in March.

The ECB confirmed the teams, which will be led by Stuart Broad, in a statement on their website.

Regular ODI captain Alastair Cook misses the West Indies as his wife is expecting their first child, but it gives Stuart Broad by extension a chance to spend more time building up to the global tournament that England last won in 2010.

There are more than a few radical choices, reflecting the horror show of the Australia series, in which England were humbled in all three formats.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 12:  Moeen Ali of England bats during the tour match between Western Australia 2nd XI and England Performance Programme at James Oval on December 12, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Paul Kane/Getty Images

The debutants include Worcestershire all-rounder Moeen Ali (pictured), Nottinghamshire's Harry Gurney (who will not travel from the Caribbean on to Bangladesh) and Stephen Parry of Lancashire.

National selector James Whitaker spoke on the debutants:

Both Moeen and Stephen have been very consistent performers for Worcestershire and Lancashire and both counties and their coaching staffs must take credit for their continued progress.“Harry Gurney, under the guidance of the excellent coaches at Trent Bridge, has performed well for Nottinghamshire in limited overs cricket - showing good control with the white ball and, as a left arm quick, brings some variety to the tour party.

England have won the ICC World Twenty20 before - in 2010 in the Caribbean - and this group has an exciting mix of youth and Twenty20 experience and I am sure with good preparation, desire and determination they will be able to produce an exciting brand of cricket.

At first glance, it's clear enough that the addition of Pietersen would strengthen either squad on paper. As well as his absence, failures in Australia have put paid to the England careers of Boyd Rankin, Steven Finn and Danny Briggs—at least for now.

One player who many will be surprised to see retain his place is Jade Dernbach, whose 11 overs in the T20 series against Australia cost 141 runs and yielded just one wicket.

England play three ODIs and three T20s against the West Indies before travelling across to the World T20.

 

Tour party for the Caribbean

S Broad (Nottinghamshire - captain)
E Morgan (Middlesex - vice captain)
M Ali (Worcestershire)
R Bopara (Essex)
T Bresnan (Yorkshire)
J Buttler (Lancashire)
J Dernbach (Surrey)
H Gurney (Nottinghamshire)
A Hales (Nottinghamshire)
C Jordan (Sussex)
M Lumb (Nottinghamshire)
S Parry (Lancashire)
J Root (Yorkshire)
B Stokes (Durham)
J Tredwell (Kent)
L Wright (Sussex)

 

Squad for the ICC World Twenty20, Bangladesh

S Broad (Nottinghamshire-captain)
E Morgan (Middlesex - vice captain)
M Ali (Worcestershire)
R Bopara (Essex)
T Bresnan (Yorkshire)
J Buttler (Lancashire)
J Dernbach (Surrey)
A Hales (Nottinghamshire)
C Jordan (Sussex)
M Lumb (Nottinghamshire)
S Parry (Lancashire)
J Root (Yorkshire)
B Stokes (Durham)
J Tredwell (Kent)
L Wright (Sussex)

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