Monday 18 August 2014 

Bopara Out, Hales In As England Name ODI Squad

Alex Hales hits out while playing for the England Lions
Alex Hales hits out while playing for the England Lions
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Opening batsman Alex Hales is in line for a One-Day International debut after England named him in a 15-man squad to take on India that does not include Ravi Bopara.

Stuart Broad will also miss the five-match series that begins in Bristol on 25th August as he prepares for knee surgery, and will consult a specialist later this week.

While Hales has a Twenty20 International century to his name, he has yet to play an ODI, although he was added as cover for Alastair Cook during the series with Sri Lanka earlier this sumer.

Michael Carberry, who opened with Cook during that series, misses out against India, as does all-rounder Tim Bresnan to accommodate Ben Stokes' return to the squad.

Broad's unavailability offers Steven Finn the chance to play his first ODI since September 2013 and Moeen Ali is back in the squad having missed the series against Sri Lanka, which England lost 3-2.

"With the ICC Cricket World Cup now less than six months away our focus over the coming months switches to identifying our strongest possible squad for that competition," National Selector James Whitaker said.

"However this is an important series in its own right and we have selected 15 players who we believe will perform well against an Indian side with a strong one day record.  
 
"This series presents an opportunity for players to build on their international and domestic form and demonstrate that they have the ability to win games of cricket for England.

"With plenty of domestic limited overs cricket still to be played this season and a series against Sri Lanka in November before finalising our World Cup squad there are still opportunities for us to consider a number of players who have missed out on selection."

England ODI squad: Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes

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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs