The England selectors today named 15-man Test and One-Day squads for the forthcoming tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka plus a 14-man ECB National Academy Squad.
Four uncapped players are included in the Test squad; Worcestershire off-spinner Gareth Batty, Surrey's Rikki Clarke, Durham's Paul Collingwood and the Kent wicket-keeper Geraint Jones.
Batty, Clarke and Collingwood are also included in the One-Day squad together with the uncapped Middlesex opening batsman, Andrew Strauss, and there is a recall for the Somerset all-rounder Ian Blackwell, a member of England's World Cup and VB Series squads last winter.
The England captain Michael Vaughan is one of eight players awarded 12-month contracts by the ECB along with James Anderson, Mark Butcher, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Nasser Hussain and Marcus Trescothick.
Announcing the squads, Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney said: "In choosing the Test squad, we were mindful of the need to learn lessons from the drawn series against South Africa and ensure we have the right options available in the very different conditions we will face in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
"Our batting line-up at present is strong and we can draw on a nucleus of highly experienced Test batsmen plus a genuine all-rounder in Andrew Flintoff.
"The inclusion of Paul Collingwood and Rikki Clarke in the squad will also give us the option, where necessary, to strengthen our batting line-up still further and build totals which the captain can defend with what is a young and relatively inexperienced bowling attack.
"Martin Bicknell and James Kirtley both made strong contributions in the recent npower Test series and were considered as seam bowlers, but Matthew Hoggard was preferred as we feel that his type of bowling will be most effective in the conditions we are likely to face on the sub-continent.
"We decided not to opt for a third spin bowler in the Test squad at this stage. But we will review the position after the tour to Bangladesh. Jason Brown, Robert Croft and Ian Blackwell will be considered as possible spin bowling options for the Sri Lankan Tests if required.
"Chris Read will be our first choice wicket-keeper and Geraint Jones will understudy him. The selectors considered a number of other wicket-keepers including Jon Batty, James Foster, Mark Wallace and Matthew Prior.
"The One-Day squad performed well to win both the NatWest Challenge and the NatWest Series this summer and the bulk of that squad has been retained for the winter. The injection of youth and energy in the field was an important factor in our success and we have kept faith with a number of younger players who we feel could play a part in the World Cup in 2007.
"Darren Gough still remains a selection option for the second part of the winter in One-Day cricket. However, as part of our planning for 2007, the selectors needed to look at other options regarding bowling bearing in mind the playing conditions in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
"Andrew Strauss has performed well in both forms of the County game this season and his inclusion will give us another batting option and also maintain the high standards of fielding we are seeking to achieve in One-Day cricket."
Glamorgan pace-bowler Simon Jones, who sustained a cruciate ligament injury on last winter's Ashes tour, will continue his come-back with the ECB National Academy Squad at Loughborough before Christmas. The Academy squad will undertake a six week tour to Malaysia and India leaving in late January.
Commenting on this winter's England management team appointments, the ECB's Director of Cricket Operations, John Carr, said: "We are pleased to have secured the services of Lancashire's Coach Mike Watkinson as Assistant Coach to the Test squad for the Bangladesh and Sri Lanka tours. He is widely respected within the game and I'm sure that his knowledge and experience will be welcomed by the management team and will be of particular benefit to the spin and seam bowlers.
"The National Academy Bowling Coach Troy Cooley will be based at Loughborough with the Academy squad prior to Christmas. He will fulfill the role of Assistant Coach to the Test squad on the tour of West Indies next spring."
England Test Squad to tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Players D.O.B 1. Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire) * (Captain) 29.10.74 2. James Anderson (Lancashire) * 30.7.82 3. Gareth Batty (Worcestershire) 13.10.77 4. Mark Butcher (Surrey) * 23.8.72 5. Rikki Clarke (Surrey) 29.9.81 6. Paul Collingwood (Durham) * 26.5.76 7. Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire) * 6.12.77 8. Ashley Giles (Warwickshire)* 19.3.73 9. Stephen Harmison (Durham) 23.10.78 10. Nasser Hussain (Essex) * 28.3.68 11. Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire) 31.12.76 12. Geraint Jones (Kent) 14.7.76 13. Chris Read (Nottinghamshire) 10.8.78 14. Marcus Trescothick (Somerset) * 25.12.75 15. Graham Thorpe (Surrey) 1.8.69
* Denotes 12 month England Contract
England One-Day Squad to tour Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Players D.O.B 1. Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire) (Captain) 29.10.74 2. James Anderson (Lancashire) 30.7.82 3. Gareth Batty (Worcestershire) 13.10.77 4. Ian Blackwell (Somerset) 10.6.78 5. Rikki Clarke (Surrey) 29.9.81 6. Paul Collingwood (Durham) 26.5.76 7. Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire) 6.12.77 8. Ashley Giles (Warwickshire) 19.3.73 9. Richard Johnson (Somerset) 29.12.74 10. James Kirtley (Sussex) 10.1.75 11. Anthony McGrath (Yorkshire) 6.10.75 12. Chris Read (Nottinghamshire) 10.8.78 13 Vikram Solanki (Worcestershire) 1.4.76 14. Andrew Strauss (Middlesex) 2.3.77 15. Marcus Trescothick (Somerset) 25.12.75
The England Management Team in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Head Coach Duncan Fletcher Assistant Coach (Test Squad) Mike Watkinson Assistant Coach (One Day Squad) tbc Operations Manager Phil Neale Physiotherapist (Test Squad) Kirk Russell Physiotherapist (One Day Squad) Dean Conway Physiologist Nigel Stockill Team Analyst Malcolm Ashton Media Manager (Bangladesh) Andrew Walpole Media Manager (Sri Lanka) Mark Hodgson
The ECB National Academy Squad
1. Kadeer Ali Worcestershire 2. Simon Francis Somerset 3. Alex Gidman Gloucestershire 4. Simon Jones Glamorgan 5. Shaftab Khalid Worcestershire 6. Michael Lumb Yorkshire 7. Sajid Mahmood Lancashire 8. Graham Napier Essex 9. Scott Newman Surrey 10. Kevin Pietersen Nottinghamshire 11. Matthew Prior Sussex 12. Bilal Shafayat Nottinghamshire 13. James Tredwell Kent 14. Graham Wagg Warwickshire
The ECB National Academy - Winter schedule 2003-4
October 13 - December 19 - Training at Loughborough January 6 - 25 - Training at Loughborough January 26 - February 2 - Tour to Kuala Lumpur* February 3 - March 4 - Tour to India*
*Details of the itinerary to Kuala Lumpur and India will be confirmed in due course.
England squad for 2004 ICC Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh
The England and Wales Cricket Board today announced a 14-man England Under 19 squad for the ICC Under 19 World Cup, which takes place in Bangladesh in February-March 2004. Sixteen teams will take part in the competition with the opening group matches starting on Sunday 15 February and the final taking place on Friday 5 March.
England U19 squad
Samit Patel (capt) Nottinghamshire Ravinder Bopara Essex Tim Bresnan Yorkshire Dan Broadbent Yorkshire Alastair Cook Essex Steven Davies Worcestershire Adam Harrison Glamorgan James Hildreth Somerset Mark Lawson Yorkshire Tom New (wk) Leicestershire Liam Plunkett Durham David Stiff Yorkshire Mark Turner Durham Luke Wright Leicestershire
Management: Coach Paul Farbrace Manager tbc Physiotherapist Nigel Kent