Ashes 2009: No Place For Vaughan But Rashid Is In

Ashes 2009: No Place For Vaughan But Rashid Is In
Ashes 2009: No Place For Vaughan But Rashid Is In
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Michael Vaughan has missed out on the England squad for the pre-Ashes camp but his Yorkshire team-mate Adil Rashid has been included in the 16-man party.

Rashid joins Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar in the squad which will meet later this week and both Panesar and Swann will play in a match against Warwickshire from 1st-3rd July.

Andrew Flintoff and Ryan Sidebottom return to the England set up after lengthy lay-offs while Ian Bell was named as captain of the England Lions which will take on Australia at New Road, Worcester from 1st-4th July.

“The pre-Ashes camp is designed to give Andy Flower and the rest of the management team an opportunity to meet with the players ahead of their series and begin their preparations in earnest," national selector Geoff Miller said in a statement.

“We will continue to consider players outside the 16 chosen for the camp and will closely monitor performances in domestic cricket as the international season progresses. The door has not been closed on any player at this stage.

“Michael Vaughan will, of course, be disappointed not to have been included. But I met with Michael recently and he understands that he needs to make runs consistently in county cricket if he is to force his way back into the squad.

“We are pleased to welcome Andrew Flintoff and Ryan Sidebottom back to the Test squad after recovering from injury and Adil Rashid’s inclusion reflects our view that he is maturing all the time as a cricketer and has the potential to develop still further.

“We have chosen two spinners in our side to face Warwickshire, but this does not necessarily mean that we will opt for the same balance in our bowling attack in the 1st npower Ashes Test. An extra pace bowler still remains an option for our starting line-up at Cardiff.

“In choosing the two teams for the matches at Edgbaston and Worcester, we were also mindful of the need to field a very strong England Lions side against Australia and the inclusion of four bowlers with Test match experience and Ian Bell as captain demonstrates this.

“We are keen to make the match at Worcester a tough one for Australia and plan to give all the players in the Lions team the maximum opportunity to press their case for selection. As a consequence, we will now be announcing our squad for the 1st npower Ashes Test on Sunday, July 5th - 24 hours later than originally planned.”

England pre-Ashes camp squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann

England v Warwickshire: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann

England Lions v Australians: Ian Bell (captain), Tim Bresnan, Joe Denly, Steven Davies, Stephen Harmison, Sajid Mahmood, Stephen Moore, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Adil Rashid, Vikram Solanki

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