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By Nick Pryor
January 7 2008

The England Selectors today named the squads for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand, where the team will play three tests and five one-day internationals. Separate 16-man squads were named for the Test-series, beginning on March 5th, and the One-day-series starting four weeks earlier. A 13-man England ‘Lions’ squad was also named for their tour to India, commencing on January 24th.

The test squad is largely similar to that which toured Sri Lanka the only changes being the replacement of Matt Prior with 25 year old Tim Ambrose and the recall of Andrew Strauss. Wicket-keeper Matt Prior had a generally torrid tour of Sri Lanka, dropping numerous catches and being widely criticised for his poor performances. His replacement Ambrose (born and educated in New South Wales, Australia) is widely regarded as one of the best keepers in the Domestic game while his batting is undoubtedly much improved. It is expected that he will compete with Durham’s Phil Mustard for the Wicket-keeper’s position. The recall of Andrew Strauss had been widely expected. It is likely, however, that he will have to prove his form during his spell with New Zealand first-class side Northern Knights in order to regain a starting berth.            

The one-day squad also sees the selection of Tim Ambrose in place of Matt Prior as well as a first call-up for Kent off-spinner James Tredwell. 25 year-old Tredwell had a good one-day domestic season in 2007, averaging 34.71 with the bat and taking 19 wickets at an average of 34.00. A relatively high domestic economy rate of 5.06 could be a worry however against top-class batsmen. A strong-looking England Lions squad to compete in India at the end of this month sees the inclusion of Yorkshire’s leg-spin prodigy Adil Rashid. The squad, captained by Sussex’s Michael Yardy, contains a number of capped test players along with promising young talent. Monty Panesar is a notable inclusion in this squad, presumably to further his experience and give him match practice before he joins the Test squad for the tour to New Zealand. 

The squads in full: 

England one-day squad to tour New Zealand

Paul Collingwood, captain (Durham)
Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)
Phil Mustard (Durham)
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Chris Tremlett (Hampshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)

England Test squad to tour New Zealand

Michael Vaughan, captain (Yorkshire)
Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Stephen Harmison (Durham)
Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire)
Phil Mustard (Durham)
Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)

England Lions squad to tour India

Michael Yardy, captain (Sussex)
Kabir Ali (Worcestershire)
Michael Carberry (Hampshire)
Steven Davies (Worcestershire)
Joe Denly (Kent)
James Hildreth (Somerset)
Ed Joyce (Middlesex)
Graham Onions (Durham)
Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire)
Liam Plunkett (Durham)
Adil Rashid (Yorkshire)
Alan Richardson (Middlesex)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

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Unofficial Yorkshire CC (IP Logged)
07/01/2008 10:23
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Re: England Tour Squads
TykesRUs (IP Logged)
07/01/2008 11:05
Presumably I'm mistaken,but I had assumed that the Lions squad was the way of bringing promising youngsters into the England set-up.This makes it difficult to understand the selection for that squad of Alan Richardson,who is almost 33 years old.He is also somewhat injury prone.However good luck to him,hope he does the "oldies" cause the world of good.

 
Re: England Tour Squads
Tykemania (IP Logged)
08/01/2008 07:56
Richardson is a pragmatic selection based on the need to have an accurate, hit the deck type of seamer on standby for the New Zealand series - bearing in mind the nature of the drop in pitches over there, which tend to offer extravagant seam movement for the first hour and a half of every day, neither Plunkett nor Onions would be particularly suitable. There is also the small matter of a lengthy injury list and the need for someone who will bowl a lot of overs in a side with only three front line seamers...

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