Monday, August 18th, 2014

Moeen Included In England Squad For One-Day Series With India

Moeen Included In England Squad For One-Day Series With India

Moeen Ali has been included in the England squad for the one-day internationals against India during the next three weeks.

The Worcestershire all-rounder is named in the party for the five ODIs which are then followed by one T20 international.

Moeen was part of the successful England side in the 3-1 Test series win over India, picking up 19 wickets with his off-spin.

He played three ODIs and a T20 international in the West Indies and then featured in the ICC World T20 tournament in Bangaldesh.

But Moeen did not play in the ODI and T20 matches against Sri Lanka in May before the start of the Test series against the same opponents.

England have called up Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales who had a spell on loan at Worcestershire earlier in the season.

Hales averages 37.85 in 32 Twenty20 internationals for England, but has yet to play an ODI.

There is no place for all-rounder and limited-overs regular Ravi Bopara who scored a century for the England Lions against Sri Lanka 'A' at New Road last week.

Paceman Stuart Broad, who is facing surgery on a knee injury, also misses out.

The five-match ODI series begins in Bristol on August 25 and then takes in Cardiff (27), Trent Bridge (30), Edgbaston (September 2) and Headingley (5). It will be followed by a T20 international at Edgbaston on September 7.

National selector James Whitaker said: "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.

"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."

England now play only one-day and T20 cricket until April 2015.

They face seven ODIs in Sri Lanka later this year, and a triangular ODI series against India and hosts Australia shortly before the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand gets under way in February 2015.

England one-day squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wk), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).