England have named a strong seven-man squad for the Hong Kong Sixes tournament which will be played at the Kowloon Cricket Club on November 11 and 12. Dominic Cork, the Lancashire allrounder, has been named captain while Darren Gough is also included.
Mal Loye, who was close to selection for England's full one-day squad at various times throughout the summer, travels and will keep wicket while Darren Maddy is rewarded for his Twenty20 exploits. Kabir Ali, Tim Bresnan and Glen Chapple - who all played one-day internationals during the summer - make up the squad.
The two day event includes eight other teams - Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand - and England are the joint most successful side in the tournament history, along with Pakistan, having won the event four times. Last year they finished third behind India and West Indies.
David Graveney, England's chairman of selectors and manager for the Sixes, said: "The England team has enjoyed a good deal of success in the Hong Kong Cricket Sixes over recent years. We have not considered players named in the England Academy squad or the Ashes squads but have selected a very strong squad of players exceptionally well suited to this format of cricket.
"We have not selected a specialist wicketkeeper for the squad as Mal Loye is capable with the gloves and his explosive batting should be a real asset for the team."
England squad Dominic Cork (capt), Darren Gough, Kabir Ali, Tim Bresnan, Glen Chapple, Mal Loye, Darren Maddy.