5 Jun 2015

England rest players for one-day series

11:15 am on 5 June 2015

England will rest James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell and Gary Ballance in the five-match one-day series against New Zealand starting next week.

The England fast bowler James Anderson during the second test against New Zealand.

The England fast bowler James Anderson during the second test against New Zealand. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Kent wicketkeeper Sam Billings is the only uncapped player named in the 14-man squad.

ECB national selector James Whitaker says this series presents an excellent opportunity to look at players they believe can play a key role for England over the next four years as they build towards the next Cricket World Cup.

Whitaker says they've opted to rest Moeen Ali from this series and he will play cricket for Worcestershire in preparation for the Ashes next month.

He says it's important to point out that none of the players left out have been ruled out of playing a role for England in limited overs formats in the future.

New Zealand reached the final of this year's World Cup while England failed to get past the group stage.

England squad - Eoin Morgan (captain), Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Taylor, David Willey, Mark Wood.

New Zealand drew the Test series 1-all after winning the second Test in Headingley by 199 runs.

New Zealand play Leicestershire in a one day game this weekend before heading into the England series.

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