Hales And Gurney Named In
Featured News | 18th August 2014
Nottinghamshire’s Harry Gurney and Alex Hales have been selected in England’s 15-man squad to face India in the upcoming Royal London One-Day International series against India.
The pair will be the sole two Nottinghamshire players involved, with Stuart Broad missing the series to undergo surgery on his problematic knee injury.
Alex Hales has been in scintillating form this summer across all competitions, scoring centuries against Sussex and Middlesex in the Royal London One-Day Cup, as well as reaching three figures for the England Lions against Sri Lanka A.
"Alex has reeled off four centures in the last few weeks, in all formats for different teams, displaying high levels of maturity and skill with the bat," said Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's Director of Cricket and England Selector.
"He has really tightened his technique in defence too, which is incredibly important in four-day cricket and the 50 over game, with two new balls being used.
"What we have in Alex is the form player in white-ball cricket in England, and someone who can really excite and continue to grow."
Harry Gurney made his debut in England's one-day side against Scotland in May and has taken nine One Day International wickets for his country, his best figures of 4-55 coming against Sri Lanka in the fourth ODI at Lord’s on 31 May.
"With Stuart Broad's absence, there is now a big competition for places in England's seam attack," said Newell.
"Harry has developed well with Nottinghamshire, and will want to be competing for those places available to travel to the World Cup."
Gurney and Hales will, as a consequence, miss Nottinghamshire's trip to face Durham at Chester-le-Street as the hunt for the LV= County Championship title continues.
However, Newell will look for members of his squad to step up in their absence and look to turn in a performance in what could be a crucial game in Nottinghamshire's season.
"Both players will be away from what is a massive game for Nottinghamshire against Durham, but it opens up an opportunity for a player to come in and do well," said Newell.
"It could be that Jake Ball joins the squad, or Brett Hutton is given a chance. There's certainly a chance for one of those players to step in and perform for Nottinghamshire at a crucial point in our season.
"We're here to develop players for England and win silverware, and I think we've developed both Alex and Harry at Nottinghamshire from the players they were when they arrived with us."
Trent Bridge will play host to the third ODI in the five-match series on Sunday 30 August.
Alastair Cook (Essex) (Capt)
Moeen Ali (Worcestershire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Gary Ballance (Yorkshire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Jos Buttler (Lancashire)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire)
Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Jordan (Sussex)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Joe Root (Yorkshire)
Ben Stokes (Durham)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)
Mon 25 Aug: 1st ODI, Bristol
Wed 27 Aug: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium
Sat 30 Aug: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge
Tue 2 Sept: 4th ODI, Edgbaston
Fri 5 Sept: 5th ODI, Headingley