Squad for 2nd npower Test v India
today named a 13-man squad for next week's 2nd npower Test Match
v India at Trent Bridge.
batsman Robert Key wins a Test call-up for the first time as a replacement
for Graham Thorpe and the uncapped Durham pace bowler Stephen Harmison
is also included following the withdrawal of Glamorgan's Simon Jones
with a side injury.
on the selection, Chairman of Selectors, David Graveney, said: "Simon
Jones was not considered for this match as he has an injury to his
left side and will undergo a further scan tomorrow to enable us
to assess how long he will be out for.
resources in the bowling department have been stretched for this
match and we have had to slightly vary our policy with regard to
bowlers needing to play in a four-day match before a Test match
to prove their fitness.
Tudor did play in a Norwich Union League match last week and we
will give him every opportunity to prove he is fully match fit in
the run up to the Test Match. With Simon Jones injured, we view
Stephen Harmison as a like for like replacement who gives us the
option of express pace if required.
also considered Ian Bell and David Fulton as replacements for Graham
Thorpe. But Robert Key has been in outstanding form for Kent and
his career has really kicked on this season after he attended the
National Academy in Australia last winter. He will open the batting
with Michael Vaughan with Mark Butcher coming in at number three."
Squad for 2nd npower Test v India:
Nasser Hussain (captain) (Essex) 28.3.68
Mark Butcher (Surrey) 23.8.72
Dominic Cork (Derbyshire) 7.8.71
John Crawley (Hampshire) 21.9.71
Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire) 6.12.77
Ashley Giles (Warwickshire) 19.3.73
Stephen Harmison (Durham) 23.10.78
Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire) 31.12.76
Robert Key (Kent) 12.5.79
Alec Stewart (Surrey) 8.4.63
Alex Tudor (Surrey) 23.10.77
Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire) 29.10.74
Craig White (Yorkshire) 16.12.69