England in the West Indies 2008-09 December 29, 2008

Vaughan misses out on West Indies

Cricinfo staff

Michael Vaughan will have to fight for his England place through county cricket with Yorkshire after missing out on all the squads © Getty Images
Michael Vaughan has been left out of England's 16-man Test squad to tour West Indies next month, leaving his international future in the balance. Ryan Sidebottom is back after injury while Adil Rashid is also named after being included for the India trip to gain experience.

The squad, named after a five-and-a-half-hour meeting, is a show of faith by the selectors in the players who went down 1-0 before Christmas, with Steve Harmison, Ian Bell and Monty Panesar facing an important tour after a disappointing time in India. Bell's poor form at No. 3 was a possible route back for Vaughan but he has retained his place, though he faces increasing pressure from Owais Shah.

The plan had been for Vaughan to find some form with the Academy in India but that was disrupted by the Mumbai terror attacks, which forced the team home. Vaughan's chances of having another crack at Australia now rest with his early-season form for Yorkshire after he also missed out on the Lions squad that will head to New Zealand in February.

"Michael Vaughan has not yet had an opportunity to prove his form in order to be considered for selection for the Test side," national selector Geoff Miller said, "He does, however, remain very much in our thoughts as we continue to plan for the Ashes Test series against Australia later this summer.

"He will play a full part in Yorkshire's pre-season programme, which will include a tour to Dubai, and we will continue to monitor his form closely once the domestic season begins in April."

Rashid's inclusion follows the time he spent with the squad during the Test series in India and shows the England management expect him to launch his international career sooner rather than later. The spin department is well stocked for the tour with Panesar and Graeme Swann likely to fight it out ahead of the first Test.

The quick-bowling stocks are also strengthened with the return of Sidebottom, who suffered a string of injuries during the second half of 2008 after being England's main strike bowler. He struggled against South Africa and missed out on the one-dayers and Tests in India with a side strain.

"Despite losing the Test series in India 1-0, we felt the team performed creditably against strong opposition and all the players originally chosen for that series have been retained in the squad," Miller said. "We are pleased to welcome Ryan Sidebottom back to both squads now that he is fully recovered from injury.

"Adil Rashid was added to the Test squad for the India tour and we have again included him in the party to tour West Indies. He is an exciting prospect for the future and his inclusion will enable us to continue to monitor his development closely as well as providing extra competition for places in the spin-bowling department."

The one-day squad includes one new face with Steven Davies, the Worcestershire wicketkeeper-batsman, named in the 15-man party alongside current incumbent Matt Prior. Alastair Cook and Luke Wright have been dropped while Dimitri Mascarenhas is recalled.

"Dimitri Mascarenhas has performed well for England before in the shorter form of the game and we feel that his experience will serve the team well in the Caribbean," Miller explained. "Steven Davies had an excellent season for Worcestershire in both forms of cricket and is a young player of tremendous promise whose performances we have been monitoring for some time. This is an exciting opportunity for him and I am sure he will be keen to impress."

Miller added that it had been a close call between Davies and James Foster, the Essex wicketkeeper, who many feel is the best one-day gloveman in the country. Davies had a prolific Pro40 season in 2008, hitting two hundreds and three fifties as an opener, and provides the selectors with another option at the top of the order after Prior slipped down to No. 8 against India.

Robert Key has been named captain of the New Zealand-bound Lions squad, which includes Amjad Khan - who toured India for the Test series - and Sajid Mahmood. Gareth Batty, the Worcestershire offspinner, is given a chance to resurrect his international career, while Joe Denly's progress will be monitored with interest. Davies will swap with Tim Ambrose after the Test series in West Indies is completed.

Test squad Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen (capt), Paul Collingwood, Owais Shah, Andrew Flintoff, Matt Prior, Tim Ambrose, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, Adil Rashid

One-day squad Kevin Pietersen (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Steven Davies, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom

Lions squad Robert Key (capt) Gareth Batty, Ravi Bopara, Mark Davies, Steven Davies, Joe Denly, Amjad Khan, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Liam Plunkett, Jonathan Trott, Luke Wright

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  • StJohn on December 30, 2008, 9:25 GMT

    I'd like to see something a bit more radical from the selectors more often, so it at least feels like they're earning their money! Admittedly picking Darren Pattinson last summer was an odd move that didn't work out too well with hindsight, but I'd prefer the odd radical move that doesn't quite work to nothing at all. It's that sort of selection that gave Sidebottom his second chance, and what fantastic results that produced. You shouldn't chop and change players carelessly - that would be a return to the poor management and selection policies of the the 1980s-90s. But the England bowling unit needs some work and as the recent India series showed that, Flintoff apart, the attack still struggles to take 20 wickets in a Test, especially on flat pitches or in conditions that are unhelpful to swing bowling. We need to develop a viable, menacing alternative to Harmison and more bowlers who can deliver quality reverse swing (or bring back Simon Jones!).

  • Max on December 30, 2008, 9:17 GMT

    Why are England playing Anderson? He has been in terrible form this year but he keeps getting chances. His ODI bowling average has increased from 26 to the early 30s which is a discrace in that short period of time. There are plenty of great players who they keep refusing to pick, Mark Davies, Simon Jones, Sajid Mahmood, Robbie Joseph, Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions, Amjad Khan and the list goes on. If I were those players I would feel rather peeved. If Anderson improves in the future than definately give him another chance but at the moment I think even a cat would be envious of how many lives he's had with England.

  • Rahul on December 30, 2008, 7:01 GMT

    English selectors and media must be kidding. I am amazed to see full page articles being posted on return of michael Vaughan. When was the last time he scored any runs in interntational cricket? For that matter when was the last time Ian bell scored any amount of runs or played a match winning knock? Englishmen are not ready to look beyond Bell and now trying to search the pages from its history in vaughan. If you ask any international team they will not find place for vaughan or bell in there line up. Waughan was a great leader and champion batsmen who has past his glory days and ian bell is over rated under achiever. England has good young batsmen in owais shah and nobody is talking about him, By awarding central contract to vaughan selectors have deprived a young english cricketer a financial security and apportunity to work hard on his game. Waughan and bell wont score any runs at no 3 spot in ashes..owais shah or any other young chap with frish mind might just..

  • Tanuj on December 30, 2008, 6:14 GMT

    What about Vikram Solanki? Graham Napier? Tom Maynard? Is Robert Key always going to be picked as a specialist captain? Tim Bresnan? Neil Carter (perhaps he is the all-rounder needed alongside Freddie in the shorter form of the game!)? David Malan? Liam Dawson? James Tomlinson?

  • B. on December 30, 2008, 1:34 GMT

    simon jones??? matthew hoggard???

  • Ross on December 29, 2008, 23:00 GMT

    So what has Mark Davies of Durham got to do ? to get some further recognition at any England representative level. His bowling figures, economy, strike rate etc are streets ahead of any other county bowler And thats comming from a very sad Surrey supporter. ......... Surrey !! now thats another story.


  • Glenn on December 29, 2008, 21:59 GMT

    About time dimi got recalled. Don't know why he was dropped in the 1st place!!

  • StJohn on December 29, 2008, 21:30 GMT

    How much do England selectors get paid? It's hardly rocket science! I reckon an online poll of Cricinfo readers could produce just as good a picks. As for the Test squad (who really cares about the other squads?!), it kind of picks itself, doesn't it? There's hardly anything radical or particularly exciting or unexpected about it. What's most interesting is what's happened to the players who aren't picked. Has Simon Jones done a Lord Lucan or is he still injured? Matthew Hoggard seems to have been discarded for good, which is a great shame. Darren Pattinson - remember him?! Chris Tremlett? What about developing a new, quick, hostile, "nasty" fast bowler to replace or complement Harmison, our potentially world beating but more often disappointing enigma? Has anyone been recruited to teach dear old Monty how to bowl an arm ball and vary his pace? As for the batting, well, apart from Vaughan nobody else seems to have been pushing for a place. All in all, pretty boring stuff then really.

  • Daniel on December 29, 2008, 19:45 GMT

    Why have the selectors ignored James Foster again? He is the best wicketkeeper in England, is very handy with the bat and has previous experience of international cricket. In such important times for England, with the Ashes coming up, wouldn't it be better to go for experience and proven ability than risk a youngster like Steven Davies?

  • ian on December 29, 2008, 16:47 GMT

    whats happened to tim bresnan all of a sudden

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