England rest Alastair Cook as ECB name Eoin Morgan captain for ODIs
Eoin Morgan will captain England's ODI side against Ireland and Australia after Alastair Cook is rested
Eoin Morgan is set to captain England’s ODI side for their trip to Ireland and Natwest series against Australia after the ECB decided to rest Alastair Cook.
The England selectors have handed the 28-year-old skipper a break, while Cook’s fellow Ashes heroes James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swan have also all been rested for the ODI games.
Pace bowlers Chris Jordan and Jamie Overton are both included in an England senior squad for the first time while Michael Carberry, Gary Ballance and Boyd Rankin will all be looking to make their international ODI debuts for England.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “Following a very intense period of cricket this summer we have decided to rest a number of senior players which will allow them to recover from a heavy workload over the last three months and to prepare for the tour of Australia which begins in eight weeks.
“This creates an excellent opportunity for players who have impressed in county cricket and for England Lions recently to test themselves at international level as we continue to build a squad ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup which is less than 18 months away.
“There are a number of very experienced one day players in the squad alongside players who are new to international cricket and we are expecting a very tough challenge both from a strong Ireland side and then from Australia in what will no doubt be a very competitive NatWest series.”
England ODI squad vs Ireland: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Capt); Gary Ballance (Yorkshire); Ravi Bopara (Essex); Danny Briggs (Hampshire); Jos Buttler (Somerset); Michael Carberry (Hampshire); Steven Finn (Middlesex); Chris Jordan (Sussex); Jamie Overton (Somerset); Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire); Ben Stokes (Durham); James Taylor (Nottinghamshire); James Tredwell (Kent); Luke Wright (Sussex).
England squad for NatWest ODI series: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex) (Capt); Ravi Bopara (Essex); Jos Buttler (Somerset); Michael Carberry (Hampshire); Steven Finn (Middlesex); Chris Jordan (Sussex); Jamie Overton (Somerset); Kevin Pietersen (Surrey); Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire); Joe Root (Yorkshire); Ben Stokes (Durham); James Tredwell (Kent) Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire); Luke Wright (Sussex).