Birmingham: Ian Bell was recalled to England's One-Day International squad for the upcoming three-match series against West Indies, starting June 16 at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
Bell, who found a spot in the side after Kevin Pietersen announced his retirement from England's limited-overs teams last week, will open the batting with Alastair Cook. "He will open, he's got a lot of experience and he's in good form," said Andy Flower, the England coach, to Sky Sports. "As one door closes, another opens and I hope this one opens for Ian Bell."
Bell was the fourth highest run-getter in the recent three-Test series against West Indies, with 222 runs including three fifties in four innings. Bell is the only member of the current squad who did not feature in the ODI series against Pakistan in UAE in January.
In other changes, Craig Kieswetter was named as Matt Prior's replacement as wicketkeeper, while Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan and Samit Patel also found a place in the ODI squad.
Keeping their title defence at the ICC World T20 in mind, England named a relatively young outfit for the one-off T20 International, led by Stuart Broad. Jos Butler and Alex Hales, the opening duo, along with Danny Briggs, the left-arm spinner, earned call-ups.
Geoff Miller, the chief selector, expressed confidence in the squad chosen. "We are anticipating a very competitive NatWest Series against West Indies and are looking to continue to build on the progress we made in limited-overs cricket earlier this year against Pakistan," said Miller. "Pietersen's recent decision to retire from ODI cricket means we now start looking at other options available to us as we prepare to defend our World Twenty20 title and look towards next year's Champions Trophy and the 2015 World Cup."
ODI squad: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Eoin Morgan, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Jade Dernbach.
T20I squad: Stuart Broad (capt), Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wk), Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Graeme Swann.