England's one-day squad for the 2007 series v West Indies

It's exciting stuff. It's the first series since the World Cup, so there's the time-honoured cull, in addition to which there's a new coach and captain. It all adds up to some fairly major changes.

1. Paul Collingwood (Durham) (Captain)
2. James Anderson (Lancashire)
3. Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
4. Stuart Broad (Leicestershire)
5. Alastair Cook (Essex)
6. Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)
7. Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)
8. Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
9. Liam Plunkett (Durham)
10. Matt Prior (Sussex)
11. Owais Shah (Middlesex)
12. Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
13. Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
14. Michael Yardy (Sussex)

We'll write something about a couple of the new guys later on.

One thing that strikes us is that Alastair Cook's the only specialist opener. Most people will presume that Matt Prior will be his partner. Prior's previously said that he doesn't really like opening and last time, when England were in India, he was crap at it - which may go some way to explaining his thoughts on the matter.

Ian Bell and Alastair Cook would be too World Cup 2007 surely, so maybe Owais Shah or Jonathon Trott are being considered. Both are pretty aggressive batsmen.

Confusing phrases we've coined today:

'World Cup 2007' as a way of highlighting occasions where there are two slow-scoring opening batsmen.


Friday, June 22, 2007

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