No major surprises in either of England’s limited overs sides, I didn’t expect major changes and there wasn’t any really.
I was slightly surprised to see Chris Tremlett overlooked for both squads, maybe his age worked against him with the 50 over team and also his similarity to Stuart Broad, although Steven Finn was included, who is in the same mould.
Strange one really, Tremlett strikes me as a man who has to do a bit more than the others to get recognised by England. Hence Stuart Broad generally getting the new ball ahead of him.
Luke Wright should be finished for time being in my view, he’s very lucky to still be in the T20 squad. What has he done with his many chances over past few years? I don’t think he could have complained if he had completely lost out.
Samit Patel’s recent inclusion in the Lions Teams showed he was back in favour with the England management and I expected him to get the nod as one of the all-rounders. Patel seems to have packed up the Kebabs at last and is a decent batsman and a handy spin bowler, who we could have well done with in the recent World Cup.
I really thought he was finished when he didn’t make the World Cup squad, his inclusion just goes to show how highly England rate him, he certainly won’t weaken either of the sides.
It now looks like Paul Collingwood can kiss good bye to his England career. I didn’t see where he could fit in, and if he had been selected it would surely have been for nostalgia reasons – and Andy Flower doesn’t strike me as a man who deals in nostalgia.
Great servant to England, but Colly’s time has come and England need to move on. Despite Geoff Miller’s words of encouragement to Collingwood, I firmly believe this is the end of his England career.
We couldn’t pick him ahead of Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Morgan and even good old Ravi for the 50 over side. With Alastair Cook and probably Craig Kieswetter opening, that leaves just 4 more batting slots – and I’ve listed 5 players above all miles ahead of Colly.
Still no Jimmy Anderson in the T20 side, totally agree with this as he doesn’t seem to handle it too well when a team gets after him and he can be very expensive.
He’s also lucky to keep his place in the 50 over squad, there is a case for saving him just for the test team in my opinion. He looks far more at home at test level, and getting a good hammering in ODI cricket can’t do his confidence any good. The World Cup was a prime example of that as he seemed to fall apart.
It’s also good to see Michael Lumb back in the T20 squad, he was an integral part of the World T20 success and he can now resume his partnership with Craig Kieswetter at the top of the order.
Also good to see Chris Woakes included, along with Jade Dernbach, they are both getting their chance to impress, while Ajmal Shahzad seems to be the victim of their selections.