Root and Ballance miss Yorkshire’s trip to Durham

Yorkshire's Joe Root, left, and Gary Ballance in action during England's recent miserable tour to Australia.
Yorkshire's Joe Root, left, and Gary Ballance in action during England's recent miserable tour to Australia.
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JOE ROOT and Gary Ballance will miss Yorkshire’s next test in the County Championship at Durham after being selected for England’s one-day squad.

England’s first squad since Peter Moores’s return as head coach contained no major surprises as a new-look selection panel opted for a familiar group for next week’s one-day international against Scotland.

Nottinghamshire’s left-arm seamer Harry Gurney is the only uncapped player to make the trip to Aberdeen on May 9, though he toured West Indies with England earlier this year.

Yorkshire’s Root, recently recovered from a broken thumb and who captained Yorkshire in their defeat against Middlesex at Lord’s this week, is back in the frame and is joined by relative newcomers Ballance and Moeen Ali, who both retain their places in a 13-man party.

As a result, Root and Ballance will miss their county’s four-day encounter at Emirates Durham ICG which begins on Sunday.

The squad is the result of the first meeting of a revamped selection group convened by James Whitaker and containing Moores, Angus Fraser and Mick Newell.

There are no shock omissions, though former Yorkshire batsman Michael Lumb might feel somewhat aggrieved after making a century on his ODI debut in February and Alex Hales may have fancied his chances in the 50-over format having hit England’s first Twenty20 hundred in an otherwise miserable tournament in Bangladesh.

Steven Finn, meanwhile, has been left out once again as he strives to find both top form and consistency following a troubled winter.

Lumb and Hales both play under Newell at Nottinghamshire, while Finn is a protege of Fraser at Middlesex, and the omission of all three is an early indication that there will be no conflict of interest from England’s two new selectors.

England’s 13-man squad: Alastair Cook (Essex, captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).