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England pace bowler Stuart Broad has not been included in the ODI and Twenty20 squads for the ongoing tour of South Africa.
Broad had not played an ODI since the 2015 World Cup and a Twenty20 International since March last year, but head coach Trevor Bayliss has made it clear that the 29-year-old still has a future in both limited overs formats.
“I think going forward we will need some experience in the team; Broady certainly wants to play and the selectors certainly want him to be available for selection,” Bayliss said. “On this occasion it was one of those things – let’s give these other guys a bit more of an opportunity. Stuart’s always there in the background with some big tournaments coming up in the next year or two and I’m sure he’ll play more ODI cricket for England.
“I’m sure he’ll be spoken about but we did pick this squad sort of thinking these guys have done well for us over the last little bit, let’s stick with them a little bit longer and see which ones make a real go of it.
“I think the selectors thought they are getting together some good combinations and to give some of these guys a bit more of an opportunity.”
There was also no space in the side for seamer Liam Plunkett due to all-rounder Ben Stokes recovering from the collarbone joint injury he suffered during the first day of the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah last month.
“Someone’s obviously got to miss out unfortunately and on this occasion [it is] Liam,” Bayliss said. “He came very close to selection. It was a long chat along those lines. The good thing with success is that there are a lot of guys putting their hand up and wanting to be in this team, and Liam’s very unlucky to miss out on this one.”
England ODI squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes
England T20 squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Reece Topley, David Willey, Chris Woakes, James Vince