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England announced team for one day internationals

Written by Kashif Aziz on March 12th, 2006   (237 views)

Gareth Batty, Sajid Mahmood, Owais Shah and Vikram Solanki were all called up into England’s One-Day squad Saturday for the forthcoming series against India. Shah and Solanki replace top-order batsmen Michael Vaughan and Marcus Trescothick after the duo’s involvement in the ongoing Test series in India was cut short.

England captain Vaughan was forced out with a recurrence of a persistent knee injury while vice-captain Trescothick returned home for personal reasons.

Off-spinner Batty will replace left-armer Ashley Giles, who failed to make it out to India because of a hip injury while Lancashire quick Mahmood comes in for Glamorgan fast bowler Jones, who like Vaughan returned from India with a knee problem, in the 16-man squad. Trescothick publicly confirmed Saturday he would not be returning to India for the remainder of the three-match Test series and the subsequent seven one-day internationals.

An England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement said the Somerset left-handed opener had “asked to be released from the tour of India for personal reasons which will not be disclosed”.

However, Trescothick stressed: “While I’m naturally disappointed to be missing the tour of India, it is my intention to play cricket for Somerset this summer and also to make myself available for England selection for this summer’s international programme.”

Batty, Mahmood and Solanki are currently touring the West Indies with the England A team. They will arrive in Jaipur on March 21 to begin their preparations for the series together with another member of the One-Day squad currently in the Caribbean, Kabir Ali.

Shah was recently added to England’s Test squad in India following Vaughan’s withdrawal. England’s chairman of selectors, David Graveney, said: “While we are naturally disappointed to lose players from the original party, the four individuals we have chosen as replacements performed well in the West Indies with England A and will all be looking forward to the challenge of playing in a One-Day series in India.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for each player concerned to press for a regular place in the One-Day side as we continue to build for next year’s World Cup.”

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who is captaining the Test team in the absence of Vaughan and Trescothick, will lead the one-day side as well. A depleted England drew the first Test against India in Nagpur and are currently involved in the weather-affected second Test in Mohali.

The third and final Test is due to begin in Mumbai on March 18 with the one-dayers starting in Delhi on March 28.

England one-day squad Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire, capt), Kabir Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gareth Batty (Worcestershire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ian Blackwell (Somerset), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Stephen Harmison (Durham), Geraint Jones (Kent, wkt), Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Matthew Prior (Sussex, wkt), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Vikram Solanki (Worcestershire), Andrew Strauss (Middlesex).

Fixtures Mar 25 - one-day tour match, Jaipur Mar 28 - 1st ODI, Delhi Mar 31 - 2nd ODI, Faridabad Apr 03 - 3rd ODI, Goa Apr 06 - 4th ODI, Cochin Apr 09 - 5th ODI, Guwahati Apr 12 - 6th ODI, Jamshedpur Apr 15 - 7th ODI, Indore.

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