Gurney confident in death bowling ability

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England fast bowler Harry Gurney is determined to impress, particularly through the closing throes of the innings, if afforded the chance against Scotland in Aberdeen next week.

England fast bowler Harry Gurney is determined to impress, particularly through the closing throes of the innings, if afforded the chance against Scotland in Aberdeen next week.

Gurney was selected for the tour of the Caribbean earlier this year, but did not play a game. A solid stretch of form at first-class level, however, has seen the left-arm fast bowler retained for the one-off ODI at Mannofield Park.

Batsman Gary Ballance and all-rounder Moeen Ali have been retained, while openers Alex Hales and Michael Lumb were overlooked. Seamer Stuart Broad was not considered due to persistent patella tendinitis.

"My white-ball game has been in pretty good shape for a little while now so I feel like I am relatively experienced than compared to the red ball," Gurney told <i>ecb.co.uk</i>.

"Bowling at the death is about set plans and trying to stay one step ahead of the batsman at all times. You have to have confidence in your plans and abilities at the death to execute the skills.

"Hopefully I get the opportunity to play up in Aberdeen and show the selectors, coach and the captain that I justify the selection. Sometimes I feel like it can be a little over-complicated at the end. A good yorker is a good yorker and is difficult to hit.

"It's important to stay ahead of the batsman and bowl where he's not expecting you to bowl, which sounds obvious but there is a bit of an art to it. Should I end up playing

"I'll sit down with the coach and the captain and come up with some sort of plan. I'll back myself really whatever the team's tactic is in terms of death bowling."

Meanwhile, head coach Andy Flower, batting coach Graham Gooch and limited-overs coach Ashley Giles have been removed in the wake of a five-nil Test series defeat to Australia and an early exit at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Former Test coach Peter Moores has since been reinstated, ex-Sri Lanka coach Paul Farbrace has been hired as Moores' assistant and Nottinghamshire's Mick Newell appointed to the selection panel.

"With the changing of the guard at the top it's nice to know that I've made it and bridge that gap if you like. I'm the only left-armer in there so hopefully that helps and hopefully the guys that select the final XI feel that it is important," added Gurney.

"You can't select a left-armer purely because he is a left-armer – he's got to be bowling well. That being said if you have a left-armer that is bowling well then it is a nice option I guess."

The 27-year-old Gurney has taken 40 wickets across 39 fixtures, including two five-wicket hauls, in a promising List A career that started in May 2009. His Twenty20 record has brought 52 wickets in 47 matches.

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