Pietersen, Swann and Anderson not included in limited overs squad

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“Guys like Anderson and Pietersen are in their early 30s now and they are prize assets and we need to look after them”

England batsman Kevin Pietersen, off-spinner Graeme Swann and pace bowler James Anderson have not been included in the limited overs squad for the ODI and Twenty20 series against Australia due to the fact that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) want to limit their workload.

Jonathan Trott, who is currently battling with a stress-related illness, will be absent as well.

Following the Ashes series, England will play five ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals against Australia.

“This is going to be another month of tough cricket and then a heavy schedule from the West Indies tour onwards,” England team director Andy Flower said. “Straight after the World T20, the IPL begins and while that’s on, the English season starts. Our players who play all three forms cannot play 12 months a year.

“Guys like Anderson and Pietersen are in their early 30s now and they are prize assets and we need to look after them. From a physical perspective, they’re always dealing with various niggles and sometimes they need to be taken out of competition. That is not for them just to rest, it’s so we can maximise their skills when they do play.”

England ODI squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wk), Michael Carberry, Steven Finn, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell.

England T20 squad: Stuart Broad (capt), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler (wk), Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

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