England selectors set to unveil squad for West Indies tour and ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday
Last Updated: 06/02/14 2:55pm
Stuart Broad will lead England's bid for World T20 glory
England will begin life without Kevin Pietersen on Thursday by naming their squad to tour the West Indies and then tackle the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
The 33-year-old Pietersen is England's all-time leading run-scorer if all formats of the game are combined, but it was dramatically announced on Tuesday that his international career was over.
And England's selectors now need to name a squad who will play three ODIs and three T20s in West Indies under the captaincy of Stuart Broad, before moving on to Bangladesh.
Despite the absence of Pietersen, England should be able to field an exciting batting line-up with players such as Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler and Ravi Bopara likely to be in the squad.
And all-rounder Ben Stokes, one of the few success stories to emerge from the disastrous Ashes tour, looks set to be given the chance to enhance his growing reputation.
Joe Root's place is possibly less secure, although the fact he has another string to his bow in the form of his off-spin may help his cause.
Gary Ballance played in four of the five one-dayers in Australia and is also in contention while Samit Patel's left-arm spin has proved a useful option for England in the past and he is a possible outsider for the squad.
James Tredwell and Danny Briggs are likely to be the front-line spinners, while Broad will lead the seam attack, with Tim Bresnan, Chris Jordan and Jade Dernbach among the leading candidates to join him in the party.