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ECB Media Release
August 4, 2002
Kent batsman Robert Key wins a Test call-up for the first time as a replacement for Graham Thorpe and the uncapped Durham pace bowler Stephen Harmison is also included following the withdrawal of Glamorgan's Simon Jones with a side injury.
Commenting on the selection, Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: "Simon Jones was not considered for this match as he has an injury to his left side and will undergo a further scan tomorrow to enable us to assess how long he will be out for.
"Our resources in the bowling department have been stretched for this match and we have had to slightly vary our policy with regard to bowlers needing to play in a four-day match before a Test match to prove their fitness.
"Alex Tudor did play in a Norwich Union League match last week and we will give him every opportunity to prove he is fully match fit in the run up to the Test Match. With Simon Jones injured, we view Stephen Harmison as a like for like replacement who gives us the option of express pace if required.
"We also considered Ian Bell and David Fulton as replacements for Graham Thorpe. But Robert Key has been in outstanding form for Kent and his career has really kicked on this season after he attended the National Academy in Australia last winter. He will open the batting with Michael Vaughan with Mark Butcher coming in at number three."
England Squad for 2nd npower Test v India
Players D.O.B Nasser Hussain (captain) (Essex) 28.3.68 Mark Butcher (Surrey) 23.8.72 Dominic Cork (Derbyshire) 7.8.71 John Crawley (Hampshire) 21.9.71 Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire) 6.12.77 Ashley Giles (Warwickshire) 19.3.73 Stephen Harmison (Durham) 23.10.78 Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire) 31.12.76 Robert Key (Kent) 12.5.79 Alec Stewart (Surrey) 8.4.63 Alex Tudor (Surrey) 23.10.77 Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire) 29.10.74 Craig White (Yorkshire) 16.12.69
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