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England fans want Ashes selectors to swap two players in squad for Australia

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So the One-Day International (ODI) series between England and the West Indies is over. An entertaining series that saw the dominant hosts emerge 4-0 winners.  

Surely fans would be able to enjoy this series win without the need to discuss any controversy via Twitter, yes? Well, not exactly.  

Midway through the series, the squad England are taking to Australia for this year's Ashes was announced, and it has caused quite the stir.  

Anyone who watched any of the ODI's over the last few weeks will have noticed a few standout performers. One of these was Liam Plunkett. Whether it was sterling bowling or outstanding fielding, Plunkett seemed to exploit any of the weaknesses the West Indies batsmen had.  

So after such an impressive series, which included an incredible five-wicket-haul in the third ODI, surely he would have a good case for being recalled to the Test side? Especially on the quick Australian wickets, Plunkett would be sure to cause some serious problems to the team on home soil.

 

Apparently not. Instead, England decided to call up Jake Ball. The same Jake Ball who Chris Gayle took a liking to in the last match, hitting 4 successive sixes off him in one particular over.

In the end, it required a stunning catch from Plunkett to dismiss him.  

This latest decision had everyone a little confused. Few may have argued with this decision before the latest ODI series, but after such an impressive showing, fans wanted to see Plunkett get another chance in the longer format.  

Here are some of the best tweets:

Taking inexperienced pace bowlers is a huge risk for England, who will be wanting to put their last, disastrous Ashes tour in Australia behind them. 

Picking Plunkett seems like a safer option, he is a man in form and a man who has much more Test experience under his belt. Nevertheless, the England selectors have clearly seen something Ball can offer in one of the toughest challenges in sport.

Have England made a mistake? Would they have a better chance with Plunkett in the squad? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cricket
The Ashes
ODI
Kevin Pietersen
Joe Root
Australia cricket
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