The veteran fast bowler Andrew Caddick has slated the England selectors for showing him "a lack of respect". Caddick, seventh in England's all-time Test wicket-takers list, has not been considered this summer at international level and is outraged that the chairman of selectors, David Graveney, has not been in contact since the start of the season.
When he returned following back surgery in April, Caddick was buoyed by a promise he would be in the frame for a recall should he prove form and fitness. But he was overlooked when the England attack was hit with injuries during the Test series with New Zealand and received no explanation from the England hierarchy.
"It's a little bit of a lack of respect," Caddick said. "That's what it is. Those in the England management need to communicate a bit more with those on the fringe of international cricket."
He returned from a month's injury lay-off with a five-wicket county championship haul for Somerset yesterday, less than a week before the winter Test party for South Africa is announced.
"I won't retire just yet from international cricket, I still feel I have something to prove, something to show and something to offer more importantly," Caddick said. "David Graveney and Rod Marsh have seen me bowl well at the start of the summer and the communication has been lacking since. Nothing has been said. I just need to know what is going on."
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