Pietersen, Swann, Anderson rested for ODIs

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Batsman Kevin Pietersen, spinner Graeme Swann and fast bowler James Anderson have been rested for England's limited-overs series against Australia next year.

Batsman Kevin Pietersen, spinner Graeme Swann and fast bowler James Anderson have been rested for England's limited-overs series against Australia next year.

The experienced Jonathan Trott was not considered after departing the Ashes tour due to a stress-related illness earlier this month, while the talented Jos Buttler has retained the wicketkeeping berth in both parties.

"This is going to be another month of tough cricket, and then a heavy schedule from the West Indies tour onwards," said Test coach Andy Flower.

"Straight after the World Twenty20, the Indian Premier League 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, they are prize assets, and we need to look after them."

The Aussies and English will meet for five ODIs and and three Twenty20 Internationals after their ongoing five-Test series, which the Aussies lead two-nil on the back of big triumphs in Brisbane and Adelaide.

Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide will hosts ODIs one, two, three, four and five respectively between 12 and 26 January. The T20Is will be played at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart, MCG and SCG between 29 January and 2 February.

"We have an important period of limited-overs cricket coming up, with an ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in March and just over a year away from the ICC Cricket World Cup in New Zealand and Australia," added national selector Geoff Miller.

"These two series against Australia allow valuable opportunities for players to push for places in both squads – and given the rivalry between the sides both series will no doubt be keenly contested."

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

<b>T20I squad:</b> Stuart Broad (captain), Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Boyd Rankin, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

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