England Cricket: Broad rested for opening ODIs

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England have confirmed pace bowler Stuart Broad will be rested for the opening two one-day international against Australia.

The tourists are looking to bounce back in the five-match series following a humiliating 5-0 whitewash in the Ashes, but they will have to do it with an inexperienced bowling attack.

Broad was England’s leading wicket-taker during the Ashes with 21, but he will be rested for the opening match in Melbourne on Sunday along with the clash in Brisbane on January 17.

The 27-year-old will then be available for the final three ODIs along with the three Twenty20 internationals.

England are already without James Anderson, who has flown back home for a break, and the retired Graeme Swann, meaning Tim Bresnan, Steven Finn and Chris Woakes are the most experienced seam bowlers available for Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Eoin Morgan is one of seven new players to join the one-day squad and says they are all in good spirits despite the Test side’s problems.

“The guys are good. We’ve had six or seven fresh faces come into the side who have brought a lot of energy, including myself,” he said.

“The guys are chomping at the bit to get involved. We’ve had a bit of time off and young guys coming through are keen to score runs and take wickets – a lot of guys are excited to get this series started.”

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