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."