England announce Winter Tour Squads
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