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Gurney and Ballance in ODI squad

Andrew McGlashan
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Harry Gurney was part of the squad in the West Indies but did not play © Getty Images
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Those hoping that a new era of English cricket would be signalled with a revolutionary one-day squad to face Scotland will be disappointed with Harry Gurney, the Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer, the only uncapped player among the 13 names which marks the first squad of Peter Moores' second stint as coach.

Gurney was part of the one-day squad for the brief tour of West Indies but did not play in any of the three matches as England favoured spin-heavy attacks. England have been trying to unearth a left-arm seamer since Ryan Sidebottom retired and Gurney's selection for this squad is a strong indication that he will feature against Sri Lanka later this month.

They will be well aware, however, that the Scotland match also needs their full attention after they were humbled by Netherlands in the World T20. The players involved in this squad will miss the next round of Championship matches as England prepare at the academy in Loughborough with the county season having not included any one-day cricket yet.

With the World Cup less than a year away it was always unlikely England would rip up their plans and there are plenty of familiar names on show as the selectors - which include Nottinghamshire's director of cricket Mick Newell for the first time - declining to make any major changes with Alastair Cook, the captain, and Ian Bell returning after missing the brief tour of West Indies while James Anderson is also back in coloured clothes.

From the team that played the last ODI when England were purely focussed on 50-over cricket - against Australia in Adelaide - there are eight survivors while Stuart Broad, Ben Stokes and Tim Bresnan are unavailable due to injury.

Gary Ballance, who did not feature in West Indies after being part of the squad in Australia, is recalled after a strong start to the season for Yorkshire while James Tredwell keeps his place despite being dropped from Kent's Championship side this season to work on his action. Tredwell has established himself as England's premier white-ball spinner and the selectors have not been put off by his technical issues in the longer format.

Anderson is back to lead the attack after being rested for the series in Australia - the Scotland match will be his first England outing since the final Ashes Test in Sydney - and Chris Woakes has benefitted from the injury to Stokes. Outside of Anderson, the pace attack, which also includes Chris Jordan, is inexperienced with Broad managing his long-term knee injury and Steven Finn not yet ready for an international return.

Those to feel most anguished about the squad are probably the Nottinghamshire pair of Alex Hales and Michael Lumb who were both in West Indies, but clearly with an eye towards T20 rather than the longer format.

Hales was widely tipped for a call-up following his breathtaking 116 against Sri Lanka in the World T20 - England's first hundred in the format - but has only played one Championship match this season, at that was batting at No. 6. Lumb, meanwhile, hit a hundred on his ODI in Antigua but, at 34, has not been viewed as an serious option for the World Cup.

The early indications are that the new selection panel are no more inclined to add some firepower to the top of the batting order than the previous one was.

Squad Alastair Cook, Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Harry Gurney, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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