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Collingwood leads new-look side


collingwoodPaul Collingwood has been unveiled as England’s new one-day captain, at the head of a new-look squad that contains two uncapped players in Warwickshire’s Jonathan Trott and the Hampshire allrounder, Dimitri Mascarenhas.

Collingwood, who was widely tipped for the role after Michael Vaughan announced he would be standing down, has had limited captaincy experience but is the veteran of 121 ODIs over a six-year career, and confirmed his importance to the team with his crucial centuries in England’s CB Series victory in Australia in February.

“The selectors believe that Paul Collingwood’s experience and performances in the one-day game make him the ideal candidate to lead the side,” said England’s chairman of selectors, David Graveney. “He has been a key member of the one-day team for a while and we believe he is ready to take on the additional responsibility of captaincy.”

Vaughan, whose performances in one-day cricket have been mystifyingly poor throughout his career, was not named in the 14-man squad. By his own admission, he will not be around to contest the World Cup in Asia in four years’ time, and his absence will give Collingwood a better chance to bed down in the role and exert his own authority. “Overall, we were keen to identify the best way for the team to play in the one-day game,” added Graveney, “pick players who can perform certain roles and keep one eye on the need to build towards the World Cup in 2011.”

Two such players are Trott and Mascarenhas, who have been consistent county performers over the last few seasons and are due their opportunity to impress on a bigger stage. “Jonathan will give us options in the top three of the order,” said Graveney. “He has been in prolific form for Warwickshire in the Friends Provident Trophy this season.”

Trott, who was born in South Africa but has qualified for England over the five five years, has scored 353 runs in seven Friends Provident matches, including two centuries, as Warwickshire reached the semi-finals. “I got the call this morning, and it was a bit of a shock,” he told Sky Sports. “I thought someone was playing a prank on me, because it’s something you dream about. I felt I’d been playing good one-day cricket, but I wasn’t suspecting this. I’ve got to take the chance with both hands.”

Mascarenhas is also in fine form in domestic one-day cricket. He has made two important half-centuries during Hampshire’s march to the final of the Friends Provident Trophy, and has taken seven wickets at 21.71, while conceding his runs at just three an over. “Dimitri enjoys an excellent record in the shorter form of the game,” added Graveney. “He has shown that he can take wickets on different types of surfaces and is also an effective hitter in the lower order.”

One notable omission from the squad is Andrew Strauss, who this time last year was England’s one-day captain but has since suffered a dramatic loss of form. ” Strauss will be disappointed not to have been selected,” said Graveney, “but we remain confident that he can recapture his best form in the one-day game and come back as a stronger player.

In his absence, England have given a recall to his fellow Test opener, Alastair Cook, who could find himself opening with England’s new wicketkeeper, Matt Prior, who has seen off the challenge from Paul Nixon - one of the few players to emerge with credit from the World Cup. Owais Shah has also been given a chance to atone for his disappointing display in his one-odd Test appearance at Lord’s earlier in the season.

With several familiar faces unavailable through injury and illness - among them Andrew Flintoff, Sajid Mahmood, Marcus Trescothick and Ravi Bopara - England have recalled the Sussex left-arm spinner and handy batsman Mike Yardy, who captained England A under Peter Moores’ tutelage in Bangladesh this winter. Meanwhile Ryan Sidebottom is included in his first England one-day squad since the tour of Zimbabwe in October 2001, as a reward for his excellent performances in the recent Test series.

Sidebottom, Trott and Mascarenhas have also been added to the England Performance Squad which was announced earlier in the year, and has now swelled to 28 players. The first of two Twenty20 fixtures gets underway at The Oval on Thursday, June 28, followed by three one-day internationals at Lord’s, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.

England one-day squad 1 Paul Collingwood (Durham, capt), 2 James Anderson (Lancashire), 3 Ian Bell (Warwickshire), 4 Stuart Broad (Leicestershire), 5 Alastair Cook (Essex), Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire), 7 Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), 8 Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), 9 Liam Plunkett (Durham), 10 Matt Prior (Sussex), 11 Owais Shah (Middlesex), 12 Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), 13 Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), 14 Michael Yardy (Sussex)

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