August 28, 2001

England announce Winter Tour Squads

Media Release

England today named a 16-man Test squad to tour India and New Zealand this winter, a 16-man One-Day squad to tour Zimbabwe this autumn and the inaugural National Academy Squad.

Nasser Hussain will captain the Test squad which includes two uncapped players, the Essex wicket-keeper, James Foster, and the Yorkshire off-spinner, Richard Dawson. There is also a recall to the senior squad for Lancashire wicket-keeper Warren Hegg.

Foster is also included in the Zimbabwe ODI squad together with two other newcomers, James Kirtley of Sussex and Jeremy Snape of Gloucestershire.

Announcing the squad, Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney said: "The retirement of Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart and Darren Gough's decision to make themselves unavailable for selection for part of the winter programme will create opportunities for other players to establish themselves within the Test side this winter.

"James Foster peformed well on the 'A' side's tour of the Caribbean last winter and is an outstanding prospect who is also being fast-tracked by Essex to be a viable wicket-keeper batsman at the highest level.

"Ashley Giles has been included in the Test squad subject to him satisfying the selectors of his fitness ahead of the tour departure and he will be one of three spinners together with Robert Croft and Richard Dawson.

"Richard Dawson has played a key role in Yorkshire's Championship winning side this summer and we are excited by his potential.

"As in the previous winter, the selectors have named a Test squad to cover both tours, but we will review the selection at the end of the India Test series and may make alterations to the squad to account for the different conditions we will face in New Zealand.

"With regard to the Zimbabwe ODI series, the selectors intend to use this squad to explore various options. There are a number of senior players who have been omitted but they will remain part of the thinking for the next World Cup. The selectors will then review the performance of the Zimbabwe ODI squad before naming the party to go to India/New Zealand.

"In picking the National Academy Squad, the selectors, together with Hugh Morris, chose a group of players that we believe will be very quickly pushing for places in the international set-up. This is an exciting opportunity for all concerned and there will be many benefits from attending the Academy and working with people of the calibre of Rod Marsh."

England Test Squad to tour India and New Zealand - 2001-2

1.  Nasser Hussain (Captain)  Essex   28.3.68
2.  Usman Afzaal   Nottinghamshire  9.6.77
3.  Mark Butcher   Surrey   23.8.72
4.  Andrew Caddick   Somerset  21.11.68
5.  Robert Croft          Glamorgan  25.5.70
6.  Richard Dawson   Yorkshire  4.8.80
7.  James Foster   Essex   15.4.80
8.  Ashley Giles   Warwickshire  19.3.73
9.  Warren Hegg           Lancashire  23.2.68
10. Matthew Hoggard   Yorkshire  31.12.76
11. James Ormond   Leicestershire  20.8.77
12. Mark Ramprakash   Surrey   5.9.69
13. Graham Thorpe   Surrey   1.8.69
14. Marcus Trescothick          Somerset  25.12.75
15. Michael Vaughan   Yorkshire  29.10.74
16. Craig White           Yorkshire  16.12.69

Coach - Duncan Fletcher Assistant Coach - TBC Operations Manager - Phil Neale Physiotherapist - Dean Conway Physiologist - Nigel Stockill Media Relations Manager (David Clarke/Andrew Walpole) Scorer - Malcolm Ashton

England ODI Squad to tour Zimbabwe 2001

1.  Nasser Hussain (Captain)  Essex   28.3.68
2.  Paul Collingwood   Durham          26.5.76
3.  Andrew Flintoff   Lancashire  6.12.77
4.  James Foster   Essex   15.4.80
5.  Paul Grayson    Essex   31.3.71
6.  Matthew Hoggard   Yorkshire  31.12.76
7.  Ben Hollioake   Surrey   11.11.77
8.  James Kirtley   Sussex   10.1.75
9.  Nick Knight    Warwickshire  28.11.69
10. James Ormond   Leicestershire  20.8.77
11. Mark Ramprakash   Surrey   5.9.69
12. Owais Shah           Middlesex  22.10.78
13. Ryan Sidebottom   Yorkshire  15.1.78
14. Jeremy Snape   Gloucestershire  27.4.73
15. Marcus Trescothick          Somerset  25.12.75
16. Craig White           Yorkshire  16.12.69

Coach - Duncan Fletcher Assistant Coach - Tim Boon Operations Manager - Phil Neale Physiotherapist - Dean Conway Physiologist - Nigel Stockill Media Relations Manager - Andrew Walpole

National Academy Squad - Winter 2001-2

1. Ian Bell   Warwickshire            11.4.82
2. Stephen Harmison  Durham   23.10.78
3. Simon Jones          Glamorgan  25.12.78
4. Derek Kenway          Hampshire  12.6.78
5. Robert Key          Kent   12.5.79
6. Steven Kirby          Yorkshire  4.10.77
7. Nicky Peng   Durham   18.9.82
8. Chris Schofield          Lancashire  6.10.78
9. Andrew Strauss          Middlesex               2.3.77
10. Graeme Swann          Northamptonshire 24.3.79
11. Chris Tremlett          Hampshire  2.9.81
12. Alex Tudor   Surrey                  23.10.77
13. Mark Wallace          Glamorgan  19.11.81
14. Mark Wagh             Warwickshire     20.10.76
15. Matthew Wood          Yorkshire        6.4.77