Joe Root and James Anderson included in Peter Moores' first squad as England coach

Last Updated: 01/05/14 6:53pm

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Joe Root and James Anderson have been recalled by new England coach Peter Moores for the one-off ODI against Scotland on May 9.

Root - who suffered a broken thumb in the West Indies in March that forced him out of the World T20 tournament - is fit again, while Anderson returns to the 50-over format for the first time since June 2013.

The pair form part of Moores' first 13-man squad since being appointed England coach in the wake of England's nightmare winter.

Nottinghamshire's left-arm seamer Harry Gurney is the only uncapped player in the squad, but there were no major surprises sprung by the new-look selection panel, which was convened by James Whitaker and contained Moores, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell.

Gurney toured the West Indies with England earlier this year, while relative newcomers Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali retain their places in a 13-man party.

Michael Lumb misses out for England despite making a century on his ODI debut in February, while Steven Finn has been left out once again as he strives to find both top form and consistency following a troubled winter.

Whitaker told Sky Sports News that he is very optimistic for the summer.

"There's competition for places, but it's been great at the start of the season to see so many good performances," he said.

"The County Championship is alive and well. There's been great performances from Ian Bell and Alastair Cook, James Vince is showing great potential. Carbs (Michael Carberry) has got some runs, (Nick) Compton has got some, Gary Ballance has done really well, so it's a tough selection, which is good for English cricket."


Whitaker said Gurney will provide Moores and skipper Cook with some variety with the ball.

"It's really exciting that Mike Newell can give us first-hand knowledge of Harry's skill with the white ball. He's got good control, we feel he can help us with the variety with the left arm, so it's a variety for Peter and Alastair to look at. Well done to Harry.

"We're all enthused to give Peter and Alastair as strong a squad as possible for them to choose from."

Gurney himself was delighted to get the call.

"I had a brief call-up when I went over to the West Indies with the one-day squads in March, so I had a taste of it there and loved every second of it, so now to have been selected under a slightly different regime is really pleasing," he told Sky Sports News.

"I've never worked under Peter Moores, but around the county circuit I've met him a few times and chatted to him. Speaking to others who have worked under him, they've had nothing but praise for him, so I'm really excited at getting to work under him."

Whitaker acknowledged that Finn has started the season well and admitted the Middlesex seamer is likely to get a call later in the summer.

"Steven's done really well in the past. He's got some good history, he's got some good form behind him.

"We just feel at the moment, it would be good to get some confidence with Middlesex. He's started really well which is encouraging. But the international season is a long season and I'm sure we'll be including him sometime later in the summer, once he's really confident."

England play two T20s and five ODIs against Sri Lanka later this month.

England squad: Cook, Ali, Anderson, Ballance, Bell, Bopara, Buttler, Gurney, Jordan, Morgan, Root, Tredwell, Woakes

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