Cricket: Gough and Udal are called up: Ten winter tourists cut

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GORDON BANKS once said to Sir Alf Ramsey, as they prepared to head home after an international football match: 'See you next game.' 'Will you?' replied the England manager.

Banks did play in the next match but the point was made about the uncertainties of team selection. That was underlined for any cricketer who bade a similar farewell to Mike Atherton in Antigua last month with yesterday's release of the Texaco Trophy squad for this week's matches with New Zealand. Despite all the talk of staying with the brave boys who battled back after the 46, it was a case of 'Don't call us - and we won't call you either' for 10 of the Caribbean squad.

Coming in are Graham Gooch, back on the international treadmill at 40, Steve Rhodes, who played three one- day matches five years ago, and the uncapped pair, Darren Gough and Shaun Udal. Phillip DeFreitas and Dermot Reeve are recalled.

The changes indicate that Ray Illingworth played a firm hand in his first meeting as chairman of the selectors. He is a keen supporter of Udal - who did not even go on the winter's A tour of South Africa - Gough and Rhodes, while the selections of Reeve and DeFreitas are in line with his belief in picking one-day specialists for limited-overs matches.

'The slate is clean and we start from here,' Illingworth said. 'But those people who have had a lot of opportunities won't get as many chances as the newcomers. They should start to produce in two or three matches. We are going to want 100 per cent commitment in concentration, guts and determination. If we get that I think people will find I am loyal in return. If we don't, they won't play.'

The most intriguing selection is that of Gough, the 23- year-old Yorkshire seamer. He proved a quick learner on the A tour and is beginning to develop his batting. Most relevant for the Texaco matches is his ability to bowl tightly at the end of a limited-overs innings. As he showed in taking four wickets against Glamorgan yesterday, he has a good yorker and varies his pace intelligently.

Gough said he was 'totally speechless' when told of the news. It clearly was not quite true as he added: 'I'm a bit over-awed as well. I thought I might be knocking on the door in the Tests but did not think I would make the one-day squad.'

'He improved out of all recognition last summer,' Illingworth said. 'He got quicker, fitter and began bowling with more control.'

Udal, Hampshire's 25-year- old spinner, was named by Illingworth as a future prospect in his first press conference. 'It is just a dream come true,' Udal said. 'There was a lot of talk about me getting into the England squad but I did not take too much notice.'

Illingworth added: 'There may be a general feeling that he is a better one-day bowler than four-day performer at the moment but, like everyone else, this is a chance for him to enhance his Test claims.'

Illingworth said Gooch, who has made three centuries already this season, would bat at four, adding: 'You can't argue with his form and Mike was happy to have him in the squad.'

The rest of the top six have also achieved hundreds this year, while DeFreitas and Reeve proved their limited-overs worth in the World Cup. The need for all-rounders has also earned Chris Lewis another chance - he is one of seven survivors from the Texaco games last year against Australia.

Of the dropped players, Andy Caddick and Devon Malcolm should be back for the first Test in June, as might Phil Tufnell - if he can get his personal life straightened out. Given the shortage of bowlers, Steve Watkin, Ian Salisbury and Alan Igglesden will also remain under consideration but only some very heavy scoring will prevent a spell in the wilderness for Mark Ramprakash, Nasser Hussain and Matthew Maynard.

Jack Russell's chances appear to rely on Steve Rhodes failing. Ironically, the pair faced each other at Worcester yesterday and Rhodes said: 'We have been opponents over the years and Jack is very much a person I have got on with in the past and I'm sure in the future. The trouble with being a wicketkeeper is that it is the goalkeeper scenario in football: there is only one place to play for.'

ENGLAND (Texaco Trophy v New Zealand; 19 May at Edgbaston, 21 May at Lord's): M A Atherton (capt, Lancashire), A J Stewart (Surrey), R A Smith (Hampshire), G A Gooch (Essex), G A Hick (Worcestershire), G P Thorpe (Surrey), D A Reeve (Warwickshire), S J Rhodes (Worcestershire), C C Lewis (Nottinghamshire), P A J DeFreitas (Derbyshire), D Gough (Yorkshire), S D Udal (Hampshire), A R C Fraser (Middlesex).

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