England Call Up Ravi Bopara, James Taylor

Ravi Bopara
Ravi Bopara is back in the England ODI squad
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England have called up all-rounder Ravi Bopara and batsman James Taylor for the seven-match One-Day International series in Sri Lanka.

Bopara and Taylor were left out of the recent home ODI series with India - which England lost 3-1 - but return to the squad for England's penultimate series before the World Cup which begins in February.

They also play an ODI tri-series in Australia which also includes India as part of their preparations.

Taylor returns - having played two ODIs and not featured in a squad since September 2013 and enjoyed a prolific season with Nottinghamshire - as Yorkshire's Gary Ballance misses out.

"Congratulations to James Taylor who has been rewarded for his outstanding form for Nottinghamshire this season and fully deserves another opportunity in the international arena," National Selector James Whitaker said.

"While Gary Ballance will I’m sure be disappointed to miss out on this tour he knows he remains a very important part of our plans."

Alastair Cook has been retained as captain, despite several commentators and ex-players calling for him to be dropped due to poor form.

Whitaker also confirmed that the Essex man will be England's captain for both this series and the World Cup.

Stuart Broad is unavailable for selection as he recovers from a knee operation with six seam bowlers in the squad - James Anderson, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan, Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes.

James Tredwell is the only specialist spinner included with Moeen Ali and Joe Root able to provide support as well as Bopara's medium pace.

The series begins on 26th November with the final game on 16th December.

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

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have also named two Performance Programme squads - one of which sees a group of batsmen and spinners head to Sri Lanka and the other a group of fast bowlers travelling to South Africa.

Jason Roy, who made his Twenty20 International debut against India at Edgbaston earlier this month, is included in the batting and spin group while Derbyshire searmer Mark Footitt is rewarded for a strong season with a place among the fast bowling camp.

England Performance Programme - batsman & spinners: Zafar Ansari, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Adam Lees, Adam Lyth, Stephen Parry, Samit Patel, Adil Rashid, Adam Riley, Jason Roy, James Vince, Tom Westley

England Performance Programme - fast bowlers: Jack Brooks, Matthew Dunn, Mark Footitt, Craig Overton, Liam Plunkett, Boyd Rankin, Mark Wood

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