England will ask Stuart Broad to produce another Wanderers wonder show when they aim to win the one-day series against South Africa on Saturday (AEDT) but have overlooked the No.1 bowler in Test cricket for the World Twenty20 squad.
Broad was left out of the XV announced for the tournament next month. England handed a place to Liam Dawson, despite Trevor Bayliss, the head coach, never having seen the uncapped Hampshire all-rounder play.
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Bayliss is still familiarising himself with the English game beyond the senior side and is being advised by the selectors and Andy Flower, the technical director of elite coaching. Flower gave Dawson a glowing report after the winter Lions tour to the United Arab Emirates.
Broad captained England at the last World Twenty20 but the attack will be led this time by Steven Finn, as long as he has recovered from a side strain.
England are opting for more depth in spin bowling by picking the left-armer Dawson. He is the only change from the Twenty20 squad to play South Africa next week, taking Chris Woakes's place.
However, Broad still has a part to play on this tour and Bayliss confirmed he would bowl at the Bullring, less than a month after he won the Test series in Johannesburg with a brilliant afternoon spell of six for 17.
Broad has not played in the first three one-day games because England have stuck by their younger players. But David Willey, Reece Topley and Chris Jordan leaked runs at more than eight an over on a flat pitch in Centurion on Tuesday and Bayliss believes the team needs Broad's experience.
"I thought in the first two games we bowled quite well but at Centurion against quality batters we bowled way too many half-volleys and long hops," Bayliss said. "We had a good chat about it after the game. Early on, if there is no swing or seam, it is about getting the ball in the right area, make the batter hit a good ball for four and then you have a better chance of taking a wicket.
"It was always on the cards for him [Broad] to play some cricket on this tour once he got selected. Yes, he has got that experience and it will be good to have that, especially at the Wanderers where he had success in Test cricket."
Dawson has been selected on the say-so of Flower, who believes he has the character to play under pressure. He also impressed Bayliss in a net session with the England batsmen in the UAE in October. "He has skills with the ball, bats and bowls but the thing that impressed me is he has something about himself," Bayliss said.
"He has a little bit of toughness about him, a cheekiness around practice and putting a bit of pressure on the batter when he bowls a good ball. There's a few oohs and aahs and appealing. It is a bit of a gut feel watching a guy and how he goes about his cricket and holds himself. He seemed to adapt very easily and quickly."
Bayliss revealed that Mark Ramparakash, the England batting coach, would be joining the Kolkata Knight Riders for a brief secondment during the Indian Premier League. It was also confirmed that Paul Collingwood and Mahela Jayawardene would be part of the backroom team at the World Twenty20.
South Africa named Dale Steyn in their 15-man squad for the World Twenty20, but will ask the fast bowler to prove his fitness following a shoulder injury.
The Telegraph, London