England one-day squad, NatWest Series June 12, 2004

Chris Read dropped from one-day squad

Wisden Cricinfo staff



Chris Read - surplus to England's requirements © Getty Images

Chris Read has been dropped from England's one-day squad to make way for Geraint Jones, while there is a first call-up for Lancashire's fast bowler Sajid Mahmood, who impressed on the England A tour to India and Malaysia earlier this year.

Robert Key, the Kent opener who was the first batsman to pass 1000 runs this season, has also been recalled to the fray, although Gareth Batty and James Kirtley have both been omitted from the squad that toured the Caribbean earlier this year.

It is a particularly cruel blow for Read, whose glovework this winter was of the highest order, and whose ability to take the long handle to the bowling at the end of an innings had been in evidence in England's victory over West Indies in Guyana. David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors, has admitted that the decision had been one of the toughest he had faced.

"I will be speaking to Chris to ensure that he fully understands the reasons for his omission," said Graveney. "Ultimately, we had to make a very fine judgment as to who we thought was the best person for the job. Geraint has the ability to bat in a number of different positions and this was an important factor."

Simon Jones did not come into consideration because of his foot injury, although Anthony McGrath - the forgotten man of England's winter campaign - has been retained in the squad ahead of his fellow allrounder Rikki Clarke, who had failed to cement a role in the side. Despite popular belief that he would soon be eased out of the picture, Darren Gough has kept his place in the squad.

England squad Michael Vaughan (capt), James Anderson, Ian Blackwell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Stephen Harmison, Geraint Jones (wk), Robert Key, Sajid Mahmood, Anthony McGrath, Andrew Strauss, Marcus Trescothick.

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