Few surprises in first England squad

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England’s first cricket squad since Peter Moores was re-appointed as head coach has several familiar faces in a 13-man party for the one-day international in Scotland.

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Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer Harry Gurney was the only uncapped player selected for the match in Aberdeen on May 9, although he did tour the West Indies with England earlier this year.

Two relative novices in batsmen Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance retained their places in a squad again captained by opener Alastair Cook.

This was the first squad chosen by the new England selection panel headed by former Test batsman James Whitaker that also includes Moores, Middlesex coach Angus Fraser and Nottinghamshire boss Mick Newell.

There were no favours for players at those counties with Middlesex fast bowler Steven Finn, back in the wickets after a wretched tour of Australia, was left out of this squad.

So too were Nottinghamshire batsmen Alex Hales and Michael Lumb, even though the former made England’s first Twenty20 hundred during the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and the latter a hundred on his ODI debut in February.

Their county colleague Gurney was one of just three specialist seamers included alongside veteran paceman James Anderson, called up for one-day duty for the first time since the 2013 season in England, and Sussex’s Chris Jordan.

Stuart Broad continues to be sidelined with a knee injury while Tim Bresnan has yet to play first-team cricket for Yorkshire this season.

All-rounder Ben Stokes is still out with the broken wrist he suffered punching a dressing-room locker in the Caribbean and his absence has paved the way for a recall of Chris Woakes.

The batting has a more settled look with Cook supported by several seasoned internationals in Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara and Joe Root, who showed he’d recovered from a thumb injury playing for Yorkshire against Middlesex this week.

Lancashire’s Jos Buttler retained his place as England one-day international wicketkeeper with Kent’s James Tredwell holding on to the first choice off-spinner role that has been his since Graeme Swann’s retirement.

The squad will meet at England’s Loughborough practice base in the English Midlands for two days’ training before heading to Scotland and will not be available to play in the round of County Championship fixtures starting on May 4.

England squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire, wkt), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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