Just six of the 17 players who toured the West Indies during the winter have survived. The policy of picking six specialist batsmen has been abandoned. All-rounders are back, and the bowling line-up could contain two spinners.
True to his roots, Illingworth has chosen a 13-strong squad with a strong Yorkshire feel, all three uncapped players in the party were born there. Craig White, 24, who will fill the all-rounder's role, and the left-arm spinner, Richard Stemp, both play for the county, but the wicket-keeper/batsman, Steve Rhodes, plays for Worcestershire.
The captain, Michael Atherton, dispelled rumours that Illingworth's approach was at odds with his own. 'A rift does not exist and I am very happy with the selection,' he said, although he added: 'The Yorkshire lads have come in very much with the recommendation of the other selectors - I haven't seen much of them myself. But the selectors have seen much more cricket than the captain and we must have a fair degree of trust.'
Illingworth, who knows the captain-chairman relationship from the other side after his captaincy spell in the Seventies, said: 'There were discussions but no disagreements. The captain wants the best available side, and I think that is what we have picked.'
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