ICC World Twenty20 2009 May 1, 2009

Collingwood named Twenty20 captain

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Paul Collingwood has been confirmed as England's captain for the ICC World Twenty20 and will lead a squad including James Foster, Robert Key, Graham Napier and Eoin Morgan as the selectors continue to unveil a new way of thinking.

"I am really excited about captaining this squad as it will be in front of our own fans here in England," Collingwood said. "At the end of the recent Caribbean tour it was well known that I wanted some time to think it over but now I am looking forward to the tournament. We have a talented squad with some new faces and there is the added incentive for everyone of a Lord's final."

Morgan, the Ireland and Middlesex batsman, earns his first England call-up as does Napier while Foster and Key return after long periods out of the international scene. Foster's recall for the first time since 2002 means there is no place for Matt Prior in the latest change to the wicketkeeping position.

"Foster's selection is about the pressure you put on as a wicketkeeper behind the stumps," Geoff Miller, the national selector, explained to reporters at Lord's. "His glovework is impeccable, and [by standing up] he creates a new kind of pressure for our bowlers, a lot of whom take the pace off the ball. And he's improved his lower-order batting as well."

Key has been rewarded for his impressive domestic Twenty20 record with a chance to open the batting and selected ahead of his team-mate Joe Denly. Napier, who played his first match in the IPL on Friday, hit the headlines last summer when he smashed 158 for Essex and Sussex.

Samit Patel, dropped from the one-day series in the Caribbean for being unfit, has been overlooked again as Miller said he still hadn't reached his targets. "Samit hasn't improved from when he was deselected. It's disappointing but we have rules and regulations and are going to stand by them. We have insisted on fitness."

Tim Bresnan who was named in the Test squad two days ago also misses out, but Andrew Flintoff has been included subject to him recovering from his knee injury and Luke Wright is recalled.

Collingwood returns to the captaincy less than a year after resigning alongside Michael Vaughan and just a matter of weeks since he said he didn't want the job. Although he had some success as one-day captain - notably a series win away against Sri Lanka - he also had his fair share of problems.

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England's 'Big Seven' at the IPL (as of May 1)
  • Kevin Pietersen Six matches, 93 runs @ 15.50, four wickets @ 21.25, 6.53rpo
  • Andrew Flintoff Three matches, 52 runs @ 31, two wickets @ 52.50, 9.54 rpo
  • Dimitri Mascarenhas Five matches, 39 runs @ 9.75, six wickets @ 22.00, 6.82 rpo
  • Ravi Bopara Five matches, 138 runs @ 27.60
  • Graham Napier One match, 15 runs @ 15, one wicket @ 27, 6.75 rpo
  • Paul Collingwood DNP
  • Owais Shah DNP
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During the first World Twenty20 in South Africa he miscounted Andrew Flintoff's overs during one match meaning he didn't bowl his full quota. The following summer against New Zealand he was at the centre of controversy for not recalling Grant Elliott to the crease after he'd been run out after a collision with Ryan Sidebottom.

He has spent the last two weeks unable to get a game for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL, but there were not many other realistic candidates although there was some thought they should have been adventurous and handed it to Key or Dimitri Mascarenhas. However, his non-selection in the IPL did not concern Miller.

"He's gleaned an awful lot on strategies and techniques at the IPL," said Miller. "He's a bright fella and we know his abilities. He's not played in the middle but he's been netting and practicing, and done a lot of preparation work. It's not been about learning to bat and bowl, it's how to invent and create, and he's quite excited.

One batsman who has continued to develop over the past two seasons is Morgan, who follows in the footsteps of Ed Joyce in swapping the Irish top for an England one. Morgan was short-listed in the 30-man squad three weeks ago while playing for Ireland in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, a decision which Ireland were understandably frustrated at, but Miller had no doubts as to where the batsman's loyalties now lie.

"He's always had a passion to play for England. He's always said right from the start that he wants to play for England, and has shown over the last two or three years that he's inventive and creative and he's proved to the selectors - and opposition too - that he's going in the right direction, this is a mix of experience and youthful exuberance in this side, and he fits into that category so we're quite excited about it."

Squad Paul Collingwood (capt), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster, Robert Key, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Eoin Morgan, Graham Napier, Kevin Pietersen, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright

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  • Lyndall on May 3, 2009, 22:37 GMT

    Collingwood as T20 captain!! Spot on!! They've got it right at last. He has had great results in that form of the game and England have proved that they need an experienced leader. It's not Paul's fault that they didn't play him in the IPL. Maybe it's an omen. How many runs did some of the other big hitters get like McCullum and Smith get? It's a problem they now have to resolve before the games begin. Congratulations Paul!!

  • Ajay on May 3, 2009, 10:31 GMT

    It's at least good that England have gone in for a 'T20' sqaad and I think it would give them some energy. However, I don't think Prior should have been dropped because he didn't do too badly in WI. He got some runs as well. Another change brings more instability to the England keeping spot.

  • Pavan on May 2, 2009, 23:36 GMT

    Colly is a very able cricketer and I'm sure he'd do a fine job. Sure, there were quite a lot of little things that went on previously in his captaincy, but he does know how it works, he has experience underneath his belt. And so what if he doesn't play in the IPL? It's good fun, but it is no judge of skill or standard. KP was bought for 1.55, and he has been more useful in the capacity of a bowler/fielder than a batsman on most occasions. The thing is that Colly isn't one of those stellar types that hogs all the attention. He plays his game and does his bit to propel England forward. An essential cog, he is just not the flashiest one.

  • maximus on May 2, 2009, 10:20 GMT

    The team looks good and balanced except for one, Bell in for Patel.

  • Tanuj on May 2, 2009, 8:17 GMT

    I don't understand what the whole hang up about Samit Patel's bodily appearance is? I am sure Robert Key looks more pleasing to the eye with his curls and curves? Not that Robert Key's selection can be questioned, but why have flexible parameters when rules are rules. Some other names that come to mind that could have been given a go are Denly, Liam Dawson (as a replacement for Samit Patel) and James Benning.

  • Satish on May 2, 2009, 5:04 GMT

    Someone like Collingwood perfectly reflects the confused nature of English cricket in all three forms. A man who, just a few days ago, said he did not want the job is now all "excited" about it. Forward thinking begins right at the top with a fresh young captain as India did with Dhoni in the last T20 World Cup.

    Also, considering the performances of "heavy" types like Abdullah and Powar I am surprised a handy T20 player like Patel is excluded on the basis of fitness. What fitness does England want: to play to cricket or to run a marathon? If Patel is unfit then is Key any lighter and quicker on his feet? Its almost as if Patel is not being selected because KP would "get angry" and we all know what a "Golden Boy" KP is for England cricket.

  • Jimmy on May 1, 2009, 21:18 GMT

    I believe the situation with Samit Patel is becoming rather embarrassing for the England selectors. He is obviously a very talented cricketer and has done the business on more than one occaision for England is his fledgling career thus far. However it now seems the selectors refuse to pick him on fitness. Well it seems to me he hasnt gained any weight since his debut and the whole situation seems to have arose in the aftermath to ECBgate. KP was unhappy one of his more talented players was overweight. Now can you imagine Inzaman-Ul-Haq being dropped by Pakistan for his fitness? I am not for one second saying Samit is in the same league as Inzy. However one point stands out to me, Inzy lost a pile of weight before the 2003 World Cup and went through the whole tournament without making any sort of contribution. You may wonder what i mean but my point is thus; Some players perform better with the extra weight as they are in their comfort zone. Maybe Samit wont benefit from weight loss!

  • William on May 1, 2009, 20:38 GMT

    well said Partyman. On a different note, I was particularly surprised someone as versatile as Colly played no part in the IPL - he can adapt to the situation, and come in blazing, or consolidate. IPL's loss IMO.

  • Andrew on May 1, 2009, 20:31 GMT

    Eoin Morgan has been talking about playing "at the highest level" for over 2 years now. Ever since he was interviewed by Sky Sports in advance of the 2007 WC he has placed a huge monkey on his back. I know that many in Ireland wish him well and would love him to succeed with England. Many of those same people are also quick to point out that when he was last on the world stage (2007 WC) his batting figures were, to be polite, shocking. 9 innings, 91 runs,10.11 avg, 50.83 SR. 2 ducks, eleven 4's, one 6. I hope he proves me wrong and cements a place in the England set up for years to come, otherwise he'll be another hugely wasted, and lost talent a la Joyce , to a country like Ireland who needs all of it's heroes wearing green

  • Parthiban on May 1, 2009, 20:03 GMT

    chandanau - Your assessment is completely view of an outsider and utter meaningless dribble. A person's origins should not be confused with his/her nationality. Among the players you pointed out only Pietersen and Mascarenhas grew up in different countries - Pietersen (South Africa) and Mascarenhas (Australia). The other players, though they are from different origins and backgrounds, they were all brought up in England (and most of them were born in England to boot) and as such they are English first and foremost. Your vague comments of Strauss being South African and Mahmood being Pakistani are of bad taste (in fact could be interpreted as racist), and can only be made by an outsider who does not appreciate the cosmopolitan nature of the English social fabric. All these players were brought up in the English system and clearly belong to the same system. Clearly, your comments have an undertone of racism and should not be ideally be accommodated in these posts.

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