Vaughan not recalled to England squad
Wednesday 29 April 2009
England named uncapped pace bowlers Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions today in a 12-man squad for the first Test against West Indies starting at Lord's in a week's time.
Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara has been recalled after hitting a century in his only test in the Caribbean this year and is likely to fill the problematic number three spot.
Former captain Michael Vaughan, Ian Bell and Owais Shah, the other candidates to bat at number three, have all been omitted.
Fast bowler Steve Harmison, who has disappointed more often than he has succeeded since the 2005 Ashes series, has also been left out while all-rounder Andrew Flintoff is unavailable after key hole surgery on his injured right knee.
National selector Geoff Miller told Skysports the selections of Bresnan and Onions showed the England team was not a closed shop.
"They've bowled very, very well pre-season and they've bowled very well in the early part of the season.
"We need to find strong backup and one or two other seam bowlers who are of international quality and these two have out-bowled the others so they get their chance.
"I think it's exciting, we've been designated as a closed shop for some time now and this just shows to county cricketers that we are not a closed shop and we are prepared to open it up."
Miller confirmed Bopara would probably bat at number three followed by Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood with wicketkeeper Matt Prior at six.
England will play five bowlers at Lord's where the last six tests have been drawn since Australia's victory in 2005.
They have included two spinners in Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar although only one is likely to play in the English spring when pitch and overhead conditions favour the swing and seam bowlers.
England squad to face West Indies:
Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann.
Cristiano Ronaldo pays €60,000 for brain operation for 10-month-old boy
Daniel Sturridge: I don’t think we really realise what we are achieving as a team
Michael Schumacher 'experience' gives F1 legend chance to 'show his character', says Lewis Hamilton
Oscar Pistorius trial: Cricketer Herschelle Gibbs tweets 'lol #neveradullmoment' after autographed bat is used as evidence
Tottenham Hotspur 1 Benfica 3 match report: Spurs face an uphill battle in Europa League as Tim Sherwood gets into a scrap
- 1 Arrest made after man is found by the side of the road with his penis cut off
- 2 Carnage after car hits cyclists in Brazil
- 3 Tim Berners-Lee on creating the web: 'I never expected all these cats'
- 4 Malaysia flight MH370: Pitbull song lyrics bear uncanny resemblance to missing plane mystery, according to YouTubers
- 5 First Kiss viral video was just a clothing advert starring actors
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
How climate change helped Genghis Khan: Scientists believe a sudden period of warmer weather allowed the Mongols to invade with such success