August 17, 2002

England Squad for third npower Test v India

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England today named a 13-man squad for next week's third npower Test Match v India at Headingley.

With Craig White unavailable through injury, the selectors have recalled Andrew Caddick, now fully fit after recovering from a side injury which kept him out of the NatWest Series and the first two Tests against India.

Alex Tudor, who was named in the 13 for Trent Bridge but did not make the starting line-up, retains his place in the squad together with the Durham pace bowler, Stephen Harmison, who made his debut at Nottingham.

The Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been named in the squad but he will undergo a fitness test on a groin injury at Headingley next week to assess whether he is fit to play.

Commenting on the selection, Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: "Andrew Flintoff is a key player for us and we will have to see how he is after practice next week. We very much hope that he will be able to play, but we do have other options available and we are not intending to add to this squad at the present stage.

"Although it is disappointing to lose Craig White, there will still be plenty of competition for places for this Test Match as Andrew Caddick and Alex Tudor are both now back from injury and have been bowling well for their counties.

"Simon Jones has still not fully recovered from the side injury he suffered at Lord's, but he is improving and we anticipate that he will play a four-day game for Glamorgan this week if his recovery goes to plan.

"Although we have talked to Counties who have played at Headingley this summer, we don't yet have an inkling as to what sort of surface has been prepared for this Test Match. We will have to assess the wicket next week and think about what impact it will have on our selection."

England Squad for third npower Test v India:

Nasser Hussain (Essex, captain, age 34), Mark Butcher (Surrey, 29), Andrew Caddick (Somerset, 33), Dominic Cork (Derbyshire, 31), John Crawley (Hampshire, 30), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire, 24), Ashley Giles (Warwickshire, 29), Stephen Harmison (Durham, 23), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire, 25), Robert Key (Kent, 23), Alec Stewart (Surrey, 39), Alex Tudor (Surrey, 24), Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire, 27).

Tickets are still available for the Headingley Test Match via the ticket hotline on 08705 338833.