England to have new-look ODI team

Mohit Singh, February 6 2012,
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It appears likely that England will introduce some new members to the playing squad for their forthcoming One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan, which is to be played over four matches in Abu Dhabi, with the first match scheduled for February 13.

The most likely newcomers to be called up are 21 year old Jos Butler of Somerset, and Hampshire's 20 year old Danny Briggs. While Ian Bell of Warwickshire looks likely to make way for the in form Butler.

Although Bell's form in Test cricket through 2011 was outstanding, his record in ODIs has been far less impressive, and in his last 14 ODI innings, he has managed to score only a single half century.

With his current struggles against the Pakistan spin attack in the Test series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and in particular the mysterious Saeed Ajmal, it appears that he will be stood down from the squad.

Somerset's Butler has been on tour with England Lions in Sri Lanka, where he has been in fine form, which includes two centuries in his last four innings, including a brutal onslaught against the Sri Lankan A team in which he stormed to three figures in just 56 balls. After several impressive performances in "big" matches during the English domestic 2011 season, he broke into the England T20 side, and is seen as the type of destructive big hitting batsman that the side has been lacking, with the added bonus that the youngster is also able to keep wicket as well.

Briggs seems to be the most likely of the candidates to join the squad, to bring the number of spinners up to three, with Graeme Swann and Samit Patel already certain of their places in the team. His extra control being likely to win him selection over leg spinner Scott Borthwick, who does offer more batting options, or Moeen Ali who plies his trade in Sri Lankan domestic cricket.

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