Hoggard drafted into one-day attack

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The Yorkshire seam bowler Matthew Hoggard was yesterday named as replacement for the injured Alan Mullally in England's one-day squad to play in Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka this winter.

The Yorkshire seam bowler Matthew Hoggard was yesterday named as replacement for the injured Alan Mullally in England's one-day squad to play in Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka this winter.

Hoggard has been drafted into the party, which embarks for the ICC Trophy tournament in Nairobi on 28 September, following the withdrawal of the Hampshire left-armer Mullally with his long-standing rib problems. The 23-year-old fast bowler will now feature in both parts of England's winter schedule having already been confirmed in the 16-man main squad who will play three Tests in Pakistan and Sri Lanka either side of New Year.

Hoggard's elevation underlines the regard the selectors have for him after an impressive Test debut against the West Indies at Lord's earlier this summer, despite finishing wicketless.

England also revealed the names of their stand-by players for the one-day squad, with Vikram Solanki and Michael Vaughan in line if a batsman is unavailable, Robert Croft if England require a spinner, Chris Read will fill in if wicketkeeper Alec Stewart gets injured, while Dominic Cork and Alex Tudor will be called upon for an all-rounder or a fast bowler.

Solanki will also be on stand-by for the Test squad alongside Mark Ramprakash, who was discarded after three Tests as an opener this summer, Phil Tufnell and Chris Schofield will be called upon if England need a spinner, Read if they need a wicketkeeper and Tudor, Chris Silverwood and Steve Harmison are the stand-by fast bowlers. Schofield, Solanki, Read, Tudor, Silverwood and Harmison will all gain valuable match practice on the A tour to the West Indies when England will enter the Busta Cup, their domestic first-class competition.

The biggest surprise in the 16-man A party announced yesterday was the inclusion of Lancashire's John Crawley as vice-captain, two years after he last played Test cricket on the Ashes tour to Australia.

The Gloucestershire all-rounder Mark Alleyne will captain the squad for the second successive winter. The group includes eight players aged 22 or under, six with Test experience and three with one-day international appearances to their name. The youngest player is the 20-year-old Essex wicketkeeper Jamie Foster, who played for England Under-19s against Australia last summer and has followed in the same educational footsteps of the current England captain Nasser Hussain as a former student at Forest School and Durham University.

David Graveney, the chairman of selectors, said: "All these players have very real chances of playing for England at Test match level. The squad combines both youth and experience with Alleyne and Crawley both having West Indian touring experience. It will be a good challenge to play in the Busta Cup, as greater edge will be given to the matches. Of course, we will go aiming to win the competition, but it is also important that all the players fully participate in the tour and are given the opportunities to show how they can perform.

"It has been a very difficult squad to select and there may be many players who feel that they had a chance of being chosen.

"But one of the advantages of picking our full Test match and one-day squads early was that we could give due time and consideration to the A tour selection."

ENGLAND A SQUAD TO TOUR WEST INDIES

M W Alleyne (Gloucestershire, capt) J P Crawley (Lancashire, vice-capt) I J Ward (Surrey) V S Solanki (Worcestershire) U Afzaal (Nottinghamshire) A Habib (Leicestershire) D J G Sales (Northamptonshire) C M W Read (Nottinghamshire, wkt) J S Foster (Essex, wkt) P J Franks (Nottinghamshire) A J Tudor (Surrey) C E W Silverwood (Yorkshire) R J Sidebottom (Yorkshire) S J Harmison (Durham) J F Brown (Northamptonshire) C P Schofield (Lancashire)

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