June 19, 2002

England announce a 15-man squad for the NatWest Series

England today announced a 15-man squad for the NatWest Series against India and Sri Lanka.

Ronnie Irani, James Kirtley, Alec Stewart and Alex Tudor are all included together with eleven players who toured India and New Zealand with the ODI Squad in the winter.

England ODI Squad - NatWest Series 2002

1.  Nasser Hussain (Captain)   Essex            28.3.68
2.  Paul Collingwood           Durham           26.5.76
3.  Andrew Flintoff            Lancashire       6.12.77
4.  Ashley Giles               Warwickshire 19.3.73
5.  Darren Gough               Yorkshire        18.9.70
6.  Matthew Hoggard            Yorkshire        31.12.76
7.  Ronnie Irani               Essex            26.10.71
8.  James Kirtley              Sussex           10.1.75
9.  Nick Knight                Warwickshire     28.11.69
10. Jeremy Snape               Gloucestershire  27.4.73
11. Alec Stewart               Surrey           8.4.63
12. Graham Thorpe              Surrey           1.8.69
13. Marcus Trescothick         Somerset         25.12.75
14. Alex Tudor                 Surrey           23.10.77
15. Michael Vaughan            Yorkshire        29.10.74

Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: "In choosing this squad, we concluded that all of the players who played in the last Test Match deserved to be included - minus those who are currently injured.

"We felt we made some important strides in One-Day cricket during the winter, but we are definitely reaching the conclusion that the best players should be playing in both forms of international cricket.

"With regard to the injury situation, Darren Gough (knee) and Paul Collingwood (knee) are both easing themselves back into cricket at this stage and their fitness will be re-assessed next week before England's first match at Trent Bridge.

"James Kirtley is aware of the environment that he is coming into as an international cricketer and has done a lot of remedial work on his action with Bob Cottam over the winter.

As far as the selectors are concerned, he has been cleared to play by the ECB Bowling Review Group, has performed successfully for Sussex this season, and that is the end of the matter.

"Ronnie Irani has been in the form of his life for Essex this summer and the message that we always send out to county players is - 'If you keep performing - we will look at you.' Ronnie has done that and he is fully deserving of his selection.

"We are aware that Jeremy Snape is not currently a first-choice selection for Gloucestershire's one-day side but he made a strong impression during the winter and as Ashley Giles has been troubled by a back injury, we need other options in the slow-bowling department."