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June 7, 2006
Glen Chapple is one of several surprise inclusions and is one of four untested allrounders in the squad alongside Tim Bresnan, Jamie Dalrymple and Alex Loudon. Rikki Clarke, the Surrey allrounder, who was tipped to earn a recall to cover for Flintoff has been overlooked despite decent form for his county.
Ed Joyce joins his Middlesex teammate Dalrymple in the squad and has been enjoying a consistent county season. He has the chance of facing his former countrymen when England head to Stormont on Tuesday.
The selectors have opted not to risk Michael Vaughan, although he was in action for Yorkshire at Southgate today and had been tipped for a comeback. David Graveney, the chairman of selectors said: "Michael Vaughan is making good progress with his recovery and we will continue to monitor his situation closely. We do not want to take any unnecessary risks with Michael and will wait until he is fully match fit before considering him for selection."
Chapple, 32, has never made it into the one-day squad before, although he was included in the Test squad against South Africa for the Trent Bridge match and he has been a regular on A tours since the 1990s. But finally, after years of consistent county performances for Lancashire, Chapple's patience - and a fine start to this season - has been rewarded.
Meanwhile, Clarke, who has averaged over 50 with the bat this season and took 4 for 45 in the latest round of Championship matches said he though his form might have been enough. He told the Surrey website: "It's obviously disappointing that I've missed out as my form has been pretty good. But I'll continue to work hard and put in the performances with Surrey and hopefully my turn is just around the corner."
Of late, England have not shied away from giving experienced cricketers their chance at international level. Shaun Udal debuted in Pakistan at 37 during the winter, and Jon Lewis was the oldest player in the England team at Trent Bridge last week when he made his first foray into Test cricket.
Squad Marcus Trescothick, Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ed Joyce, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Geraint Jones (wk), Alex Loudon, Jamie Dalrymple, Sajid Mahmood, Glen Chapple, Tim Bresnan, Steve Harmison, Liam Plunkett.
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