Anderson called up for England A tour
James Anderson has been chosen in England A's tour to West Indies which starts in February. Anderson missed out on the full England trip to India, but gets the chance to impress again when he heads to the Caribbean with a 15-man party which will be captained by Worcestershire's Vikram Solanki.
Ian Blackwell is in the squad, too, but he could yet head to India if Ashley Giles doesn't recover from hip surgery in time. Giles underwent an operation in December, but is taking longer to rehabilitate than had been expected. So Blackwell will be on standby for Giles, after he missed out on the third spinner's place to Monty Panesar.
Also in the frame was Alex Loudon, who has the consolation of a West Indies trip, as does fellow Pakistan tourist, Kabir Ali. Alex Wharf, who has a handful of England caps, has been given another chance, too, while the rest of the party come from the Academy.
England A squad Vikram Solanki (capt), Kabir Ali, James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Blackwell, Rikki Clarke, Alastair Cook, Jamie Dalrymple, Ed Joyce, Alex Loudon, Sajid Mahmood, Chris Read, Owais Shah, Alex Wharf, Michael Yardy