Englandâ€™s selectors included uncapped pace bowlers Sajid Mahmood and Jon Lewis in their 13-man squad for next weekâ€™s first Test against Sri Lanka here at Lordâ€™s. It was the first time that Sajid, the cousin of British boxing sensation Amir Khan, had been included in a Test squad. Lewis, who has been chosen in three Test squads before without winning a place in the starting line-up, was rewarded for his nine-wicket haul for England A during their 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka concluded on Saturday. Injuries ruling out England quicks Stephen Harmison (shin), Simon Jones (knee) and James Anderson (back), possibly for the whole of the three-match series in all cases, have led to Sajid and Lewisâ€™s selection alongside that of Durham seamer Liam Plunkett and the experienced Matthew Hoggard. And with England captain Michael Vaughan still out with a knee injury, pace bowling all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, a Lancashire team-mate of Sajid, had been given the captaincy after leading the team to a drawn series in India. â€œWith three of our pace bowlers, James Anderson, Simon Jones and Stephen Harmison all unavailable, this is a real opportunity for Sajid Mahmood, Liam Plunkett and Jon Lewis to press their case for inclusion on a regular basis,â€ Graveney said. Graveney also praised Flintoffâ€™s leadership skills, saying: â€œ Flintoff did an outstanding job as captain in difficult circumstances in India with a young team and he will lead the side again while Michael Vaughan continues with his rehabilitation from injury.â€ England squad: Andrew Flintoff (captain), Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones (w/k), Jon Lewis, Sajid Mahmood, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Andrew Strauss and Marcus Trescothick.
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