Read finds England rejection 'hard to take'

Sports psychologists tell their clients to see disappointment as a springboard to achievement. Yet for Chris Read, putting a positive spin on the blow he suffered at the weekend must be especially hard.

Sports psychologists tell their clients to see disappointment as a springboard to achievement. Yet for Chris Read, putting a positive spin on the blow he suffered at the weekend must be especially hard.

Days after promising to fight to regain his Test place from Kent's Geraint Jones, the Nottinghamshire wicket-keeper was told on Saturday that he had also lost his position in England's one-day squad for the NatWest Series.

"I was gutted when David Graveney told me. I'm really disappointed and I wasn't expecting it," Read said. "He said it was a tough choice but that doesn't make it any easier to swallow. His reasoning really was more about Geraint possibly batting higher in the order, but I feel my one-day record's been good for years now, which is why I find it hard to take."

Ironically, Read's last one-day appearance saw him share a match-winning partnership with Paul Collingwood, hitting 23 off 35 balls as England beat West Indies by five wickets in Barbados to square the series. In an earlier England win in Guyana, he blasted 27 from only 15 deliveries, including three sixes.

Surrey's Rikki Clarke and James Kirtley of Sussex have also been dropped but it was Read's omission which raised eyebrows. Graveney said: "The decision is one of the hardest that I've been a party to in nine years as a selector. Ultimately we have had to make a very fine judgement as to what would most benefit the team. Geraint has the ability to bat in a number of positions and this was an important factor."

The selectors have curiously stuck with Yorkshire's Anthony McGrath, who was taken to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and West Indies last winter but not used. It would be a surprise to see him in the 11 for the opening match against New Zealand at Old Trafford on Thursday week. Kent's Robert Key is recalled despite averaging only 16 in the National League this season. The Lancashire fast bowler Sajid Mahmood, whose presence may provide an opportunity for Steve Harmison to be rested, is named for the first time, joining seamers James Anderson and Darren Gough, who has been retained despite sometimes looking a spent force in the Caribbean.

ENGLAND SQUAD: M P Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt); M E Trescothick (Somerset); A J Strauss (Middlesex); P D Collingwood (Durham); A Flintoff (Lancashire); I D Blackwell (Somerset); A F Giles (Warwickshire); G O Jones (Kent, wkt); R W T Key (Kent); D Gough (Essex); J M Anderson (Lancashire); S J Harmison (Durham); S I Mahmood (Lancashire); A McGrath (Yorkshire).

Life and Style
love + sex A new study has revealed the average size - but does that leave men outside the 'normal' range being thought of as 'abnormal'?
Voices
The Palace of Westminster is falling down, according to John Bercow
voices..says Matthew Norman
Sport
Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash
football
Arts and Entertainment
Jake and Dinos Chapman were motivated by revenge to make 'Bring me the Head of Franco Toselli! '
arts + ents Shapero Modern Gallery to show explicit Chapman Brothers film
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Kurt Cobain performing for 'MTV Unplugged' in New York, shortly before his death
music Brett Morgen's 'Cobain: Montage of Heck' debunks many of the myths surrounding the enigmatic singer
Sport
Brendan Rodgers
football The Liverpool manager will be the first option after Pep Guardiola
Life and Style
life
Sport
Christian Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates scoring the winner for Aston Villa
football
Arts and Entertainment
Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt and Russell Tovey in 'Banished'
TV Jimmy McGovern tackles 18th-century crime and punishment
Arts and Entertainment
Paul Whitehouse as Herbert
arts + ents
News
Bill O'Reilly attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media Celebration at The Four Seasons Restaurant on April 16, 2014 in New York City
media It is the second time he and the channel have clarified statements
News
people
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn