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No calypso time for Vaughan

ENGLAND have rightly decided against selecting Michael Vaughan for the Test series in the Caribbean, starting in February, and have called up his Yorkshire colleague Adil Rashid, a spin all-rounder with excellent potential.

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Vaughan had four unsuccessful innings for Yorkshire after his tearful resignation from the England team last summer, and there must be serious doubts whether he can return to international level, even if he produces runs during Yorkshire's pre-season trip to Abu Dhabi to play in the Arabian Cricket Challenge limited overs competition on March 18-25.

Geoff Miller, the national selector, said Vaughan had not been ruled out for Ashes selection next summer. "Michael Vaughan has not yet had an opportunity to prove his form in order to be considered for selection for the Test side," he said during the official squad announcement. "He does, however, remain very much in our thoughts as we continue to plan for the npower Ashes Test series against Australia later this summer. He will play a full part in Yorkshire's pre-season programme, and we will continue to monitor his form closely once the domestic season begins in April."

The uncapped leg-spinner Rashid, a very good batsman, is the only mildly surprising choice in the Test squad, though Nottinghamshire's left-arm seam bowler Ryan Sidebottom is a risk after missing the India Test series with a side injury. Taking three spinners to the West Indies reflects the changing more docile nature of the pitches there.

Hampshire all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas deservedly returns to the one-day squad, which features the uncapped Worcestershire wicketkeeper Steven Davies for the first time.

Miller said: "Despite losing the Test series in India 1-0, we felt the team performed creditably against strong opposition and all the players originally chosen for that series have been retained in the squad.

"Adil Rashid was added to the Test squad for the India tour and we have again included him in the party to tour West Indies. He is an exciting prospect for the future, and his inclusion will enable us to continue to monitor his development closely as well as providing extra competition for places in the spin-bowling department."

Kent captain Robert Key, so close to a senior return, will lead the 14-man England Lions squad to New Zealand where they will play two four-day matches against New Zealand A in Queenstown and Christchurch, along with two one-day games and a Twenty20 fixture against the same opposition.

England Test Squad

Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire, capt)

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex)

Alastair Cook (Essex)

Owais Shah (Middlesex)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Paul Collingwood (Durham)

Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire)

Matt Prior (Sussex, wkt)

Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire, wkt)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)

Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)

Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Stephen Harmison (Durham)

Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)

England One-Day Squad

Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire, capt)

Matt Prior (Sussex, wkt)

Ian Bell (Warwickshire)

Owais Shah (Middlesex)

Ravi Bopara (Essex),

Paul Collingwood (Durham)

Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire)

Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)

Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)

Steven Davies (Worcestershire, wkt)

Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire),

Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)

James Anderson (Lancashire)

Stephen Harmison (Durham)

England Lions Squad

Robert Key (Kent, capt)

Joe Denly (Kent)

Stephen Moore (Worcestershire)

Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)

Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)

Ravi Bopara (Essex)

Stephen Davies (Worcestershire)*

Luke Wright (Sussex)

Gareth Batty (Worcestershire)

Amjad Khan (Kent)

Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire)

Liam Plunkett (Durham)

Mark Davies (Durham)

*Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire) is to replace Stephen Davies in the Lions

squad after the Test Series in West Indies.

Posted by Charlie Randall
29/12/2008 13:49:33
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