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Five new faces in EPS

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April 7, 2012

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Stuart Meaker is the one uncapped player in England's squad, Hyderabad, October 5, 2011
Stuart Meaker is included in the EPS for the first time © Getty Images
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Five new faces have been named in the 26-man England Performance squad for 2012. Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Danny Briggs, Stuart Meaker and Ben Stokes are all included for the first time. But there is no room for James Taylor, Chris Woakes or Boyd Rankin.

The EPS, which is chosen by the England selectors, consists of the 13 centrally contracted players, four players who have been awarded increment contracts and nine other players all of whom have been capped at senior international level. While the selectors are not obliged to pick only from members of the EPS and can add to it at any stage, the days when they sprung surprises are all but over. The squad provides a clear illustration of the players expected to represent England this summer.

ECB National Selector Geoff Miller said: "We welcome the five new players to the squad and their inclusion reflects the progress they have all made with senior England teams and the England Lions over the last 12 months.

"The England Performance Squad is designed to allow the selectors to monitor the development of international players and better prepare them for the demands of the international game.

"We can name a total of 30 players in the EPS squad but have decided to name only 26 at this early stage of the season. We will keep this under review and may add additional players to the squad should individual performances merit it later in the summer."

England Performance Squad 2012
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), Alastair Cook (Essex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Steven Davies (Surrey), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Graham Onions (Durham), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Ben Stokes (Durham), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

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Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 11:48 GMT)

@Darren Cook - Meaker's lived in England since he was twelve, he's a product of the Surrey youth system and played for England U19s. He's a talented bowler and given that he's always been qualified to play for England I see no problem with him representing them. I'd hope that Woakes is included when he's fit again, he really is an exceptional talent, probably the best young all-rounder in England.

Posted by   on (April 8, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Shame they have picked South African Meaker!

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 23:30 GMT)

Unlucky for Woakes that he is injured. A very talented cricketer. What has happened to James Harris? Some bowlers seem to slip under the radar. David Masters comes to mind. Mark Davies, alas, injury prone but with one of the best averages in county cricket.

Posted by   on (April 7, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

Saving a place for the likes of Taylor, Root, Mills, Woakes, Ali, Rashid...

No surprises here, there arent many nowadays. Ill eat my hat if Tredwell ever plays international cricket ever again though...

Mills for winter tour. serious bowler.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (April 7, 2012, 18:47 GMT)

Living in Australia, I haven't seen that much of Chris Woakes but I've read good things and I liked what I saw when he was out here last. I'd like to see him take one of those 4 unfilled spots with good performances this summer. I guess the England selectors are looking at Stokes as "the all-rounder" when he's fit to bowl again so that may leave Woakes out in the cold. Taylor will be looking for consistcent performances in division I this season to get back in the selectors good graces.

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