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Craig Kieswetter keeps England one-day spot

Craig Kieswetter in action in the Caribbean
Kieswetter was the fourth highest run scorer at the World Twenty in the Caribbean

England have retained Craig Kieswetter in their one-day squad ahead of next week's one-off match against Scotland and the NatWest Series with Australia.

The explosive wicketkeeper-batsman was one of England's stars in their World Twenty20 success last month and has been selected ahead of Matt Prior.

Alastair Cook, who led England against Bangladesh in the winter, has been left out while Ian Bell has been recalled.

Stuart Broad and Paul Collingwood also return after they were both rested.

The duo missed England's 2-0 Test series win over Bangladesh but will return for their first taste of international action for their country this summer against Scotland in Edinburgh on 19 June, with the first of six one-day internationals against Australia following three days later at The Rose Bowl.

Michael Yardy's inclusion is a reward for performing consistently to a high level in the World T20

National selector Geoff Miller

Of the 13-man squad, only Bell and captain Andrew Strauss, who takes up the one-day reins after he temporarily relinquished his leadership duties during England's winter tour to Bangladesh earlier this year, were missing from England's World Twenty20 Cup-winning squad.

"The challenge facing the squad now is to maintain the form they showed over the winter against the world's number one side in 50-over cricket," said national selector Geoff Miller.

Bell has been in excellent one-day form for Warwickshire in the Clydesdale Bank 40, scoring 340 runs in six matches at an average of 56.66.

"He has performed well for Warwickshire this season in limited-overs cricket and worked hard to add a more positive, attacking approach to his game in the 50-over format," said Miller.

South Africa-born Kieswetter made an instant impact at the top of the order when he was called up to England's one-day squad in Bangladesh in February, scoring a maiden hundred in the third international in Chittagong as the tourists wrapped up a 3-0 series win.

And the Somerset stumper continued his rich vein of form in the short form of the game in the Caribbean, scoring 222 runs in seven matches including 11 sixes.

"He has been earmarked for a role at the top of the order and I am sure he will be relishing the opportunity to test himself against high-quality opposition," said Miller.

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Another member of England's World Twenty20 squad to benefit in the one-day format is Michael Yardy, whose impressive bowling display in the Caribbean earned him a slot in the longer format of the game.

"Michael Yardy's inclusion is a reward for performing consistently to a high level in the World T20 in the Caribbean and also reflects our longer term planning for a World Cup in the Indian sub-continent next year in which spin bowling will be a major feature," added Miller.

"We have named a slightly smaller squad for this summer's NatWest Series than in previous years as our own programme closely mirrors the England Lions' schedule for their triangular series against India A and West Indies A."

All-rounder Tim Bresnan returns after missing the second Test win over Bangladesh because of a stress fracture in his left foot, but there is no place for Yorkshire team-mate Ajmal Shahzad, who made his five-day debut at Old Trafford last week, or batsman Ravi Bopara.


England squad to face Scotland and Australia:

Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy



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