KP rested for India one-dayers

Batsman's omission opens door for Stokes

Last Updated: 26/08/11 3:02pm

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Workload management: Pietersen will miss the T20s and ODIs against India

Workload management: Pietersen will miss the T20s and ODIs against India

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England have opted to rest Kevin Pietersen for the five-match Natwest Series against India.

As a first-choice player in all three formats, Pietersen has been taken out of the firing line as part of the England and Wales Cricket Board's ongoing policy of workload management.

Nevertheless, the Surrey batsman is known as a player for the marquee occasions and a high-profile series against the world champions would have suited his appetite for the big stage.

Ben Stokes, who made his England debut in Thursday's win over Ireland, has been retained alongside a host of returning stars who were excused the trip to Dublin.

Meanwhile, uncapped pair Jos Buttler of Somerset and Alex Hales of Nottinghamshire have been called up to the Twenty20 squad.

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"The decision to omit Kevin Pietersen from the one-day squad is in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads and will give the opportunity to another batsmen to test himself batting at number four."
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England have rested a number of players under Andy Flower's leadership, with the likes of James Anderson, Paul Collingwood and - prior to his retirement from one-day cricket - Andrew Strauss, among those to have benefited from a break.

Pietersen will play in the Twenty20 match at Old Trafford on Wednesday before standing down for the ODI series, which starts in Durham on September 3.

Explaining the move, national selector Geoff Miller said: "The decision to omit Kevin Pietersen from the one-day squad is in line with our policy of sensibly managing player workloads and will give the opportunity to another batsmen to test himself batting at number four."

Ian Bell - back in the squad alongside five other regulars who were excused the 11-run win over Ireland - would appear to be the man most likely to take that role, creating a chance for Stokes at number six.

The 20-year-old - born in Christchurch but raised in Cumbria - made just three at Clontarf before falling to Paul Stirling but is held in high regard by the England hierarchy.

He effectively takes the all-rounder role previously bestowed on Luke Wright, who has enjoyed only modest returns in recent times.

Stokes is not currently bowling due to a finger injury but with the likes of Ravi Bopara and Samit Patel also included, there should be no shortage of options.

Next generation

The elevation of Buttler and Hales, meanwhile, continues England's interest in the next generation following Thursday's debut caps for Stokes, Scott Borthwick and James Taylor.

"Across both squads we believe we've selected an exciting blend of experienced international performers along with some exciting young players with a great deal of talent," said Miller.

"We will need to play a high quality brand of limited-overs cricket against the world champions India.

"We're very excited to have included some bright young players in the form of Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Alex Hales, all of whom have proved themselves domestically and will now be looking to successfully take the step up to international level."

Alastair Cook will return at the top of the one-day order and reclaim the captaincy from Eoin Morgan, while Stuart Broad will skipper the Twenty20 side for the second time in Manchester.

England T20 squad: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire, captain), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

England ODI squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

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