England named five un-capped players in their squad for the forthcoming One Day Internationals against Ireland and Australia, and chose to rest several members of their Ashes’ winning team.
Among those include is Sussex all-rounder Chris Jordan, who is one of the leading wicket-takers in the County Championship this season. Despite being born in Barbados, Jordan qualifies for England through his grandmother.
Jordan is one of 10 players in England’s one-day squad who represented England Lions against Bangladesh recently, registering two wins and a loss.
With the selectors deciding to rest Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad (though he will captain England’s T20 side this week), Graeme Swann and James Anderson after the Ashes, it always made sense to blood talented youngsters in the hope they might be fully formed by the next World Cup in 2015.
That learning process is why Kevin Pietersen has been retained and not rested alongside his Ashes team mates despite having a sore knee. The experience of Pietersen and Jonathon Trott will be recalled for the Australia matches, but missing for the trip to Ireland.
Eoin Morgan will captain the side in the absence of Cook and Broad, and will hope to rediscover his own personal form with the bat. England’s Twenty20 captain Broad hit back at criticism over England’s squad selection, in which Michael Vaughan suggested there should be a small refund for not seeing big name stars in action.
Broad responded, “I’d be hesitant to be too disrespectful to the players who are going to put on the England shirt and go and play.”
“It’s a hugely-talented squad and there will be some very exciting players who will get their opportunity against the Aussies.”
Other players who look set to make their England debut include Michael Carberry, Gary Balance, Ben Stokes, 19-year-old Jaime Overton, and Irishman Boyd Rankin.
First England and Australia go head-to-head in two Twenty20 Internationals, with Carberry earning a call-up following his good form in this year’s FriendsLife T20 competition.
The tourists have 18 players to choose from, with T20 captain George Bailey able to call on a number of Darren Lehmann’s Ashes squad.
Test and ODI skipper Michael Clarke is unlikely to take part having not featured in a T20 international since 2010, but Shane Watson, who is currently ranked number one in the ICC T20 all-rounder standings, and David Warner could feature. Fawad Ahmed is expected to make his International debut, despite being Pakistani by birth.
England ODI squad v Ireland: E Morgan (Middlesex, capt), G Ballance (Yorkshire), R Bopara (Essex), D Briggs (Hampshire), J Buttler (Somerset), M Carberry (Hampshire), S Finn (Middlesex), C Jordan (Sussex), J Overton (Somerset), B Rankin (Warwickshire), B Stokes (Durham), J Taylor (Nottinghamshire), J Tredwell (Kent), L Wright (Sussex).
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).
Australia squad: Michael Clarke (ODI capt), George Bailey (T20 capt), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, †Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.