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Trio given first England callups as rebuild begins

February 6, 2014

LONDON (AP) — England has handed maiden callups to Moeen Ali, Stephen Parry and Harry Gurney as the rebuilding process begins.

Worcestershire batsman Moeen and Lancashire spinner Parry have been included in a squad of 15 that will contest the limited-overs tour of West Indies this month before going on to the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

Nottinghamshire seamer Gurney will get his chance in the Caribbean but is the only one in the 16-man squad who will not then travel to Bangladesh.

“Both Moeen and Stephen have been very consistent performers for Worcestershire and Lancashire, and both counties and their coaching staffs must take credit for their continued progress,” national selector James Whitaker said as he revealed his first squads since taking over from Geoff Miller.

“Harry Gurney, under the guidance of the excellent coaches at Trent Bridge, has performed well for Nottinghamshire in limited-overs cricket, showing good control with the white ball and, as a left-arm quick, brings some variety to the tour party.”

The trio are the first beneficiaries of England’s winter of upheaval, with Moeen replacing Kevin Pietersen, Parry profiting from Graeme Swann’s retirement and Gurney handed the chance to permanently overtake recent strugglers Chris Tremlett, Boyd Rankin and even Steven Finn.

“England have won the World Twenty20 before — in 2010 in the Caribbean — and this group has an exciting mix of youth and Twenty20 experience,” Whitaker said.

The seven-match tour of West Indies, starting on Feb. 25, includes three one-dayers and three T20s.

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England squad for West Indies tour: Stuart Broad (captain), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Harry Gurney, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

England squad for World Twenty20 in Bangladesh: Stuart Broad (captain), Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright.

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