Flintoff recalled to one-day, Twenty20 squads
England recalled Andrew Flintoff after a four-month injury absence on Monday, naming the allrounder in its squads for a one-day series against India.cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2007 18:52 IST
England recalled Andrew Flintoff after a four-month injury absence on Monday, naming the allrounder in its squads for a one-day series against India and the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa.
Flintoff recovered from the ankle surgery that kept him out of the international side since this year's one-day World Cup in the Caribbean. He is one of nine players in both squads. "He's obviously desperate to get back in the international scene," chairman of selectors David Graveney said. Flintoff returned to action for county side Lancashire last week after eight weeks out, batting and bowling in a 108-run loss to Sussex.
Graveney said Flintoff could still sit out some of the seven one-day matches against India, which start Aug. 21, if he needs more time to get up to full fitness.
"His rehab is continuing," Graveney said. "If it is necessary for him to play more domestic cricket, we'll go down that road. There is no need to cut corners."
Test captain Michael Vaughan and opener Andrew Strauss were left out of the one-day series, although Graveney said the 14-man squad could be added to after the first four matches.
"It leaves the door open to Vaughany and Andrew Strauss and other names you might think are missing from that list," Graveney said.
The 15-man squad for the inaugural Twenty20 tournament, which runs Sept. 11-24, was filled out with several specialists in the shortest form of the game.
Luke Wright of Sussex, who has never played for England in any form, was included after accumulating the best strike rate and most runs in Twenty20 county cricket this season. The 22-year-old Wright has hit 346 runs in nine innings, with a strike rate of 177.43. Warwickshire captain Darren Maddy played the last of his eight one-day matches for England in 2000, but was named in the Twenty20 squad having scored more runs overall _ 1,278 _ in that form of cricket than any other player.
Spinner Chris Schofield has taken 21 Twenty20 wickets in 19 matches and was recalled seven years after playing two tests against Zimbabwe. He dropped out of first-class cricket in 2004, but returned to become the leading wicket taker in England's Twenty20 Cup this season.
One-day squad: Paul Collingwood (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Chris Tremlett.
Twenty20 squad: Paul Collingwood (captain), Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Andrew Flintoff, James Kirtley, Darren Maddy, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Chris Schofield, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Jeremy Snape, Vikram Solanki, Chris Tremlett, Luke Wright.
First Published: Aug 06, 2007 18:51 IST