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Owais Shah added to England squad

England named Owais Shah as cover following the pull out of vice-captain Trescothick from the India tour due to personal reasons.

india Updated: Feb 26, 2006 21:16 IST

England on Sunday named Owais Shah as cover following the pull out of vice-captain Marcus Trescothick from the India tour due to personal reasons.

Karachi-born Shah, who was with the England 'A' squad currently touring the West Indies, would join the teamon Tuesday, a day before the first Test starts, England team media manager Andrew Walpole said on Sunday.

England had earlier decided to fly in 21-year old Essex batsman Alastair Cook and fast bowler James Anderson as stand-by and the two would join the team with Shah in Nagpur.

The visitors were facing a fitness crisis with skipper Michael Vaughan suffering from soreness in his right knee, and Kevin Pietersen recovering from a back injury.

Vaughan looked a doubtful starter and a decision on him was expected to be made on Mondaywhile the visitors were reasonably hopeful of playing Pietersen.

Fast bowler Simon Jones and spinner Shaun Udal, alongwith Vaughan, missed the three-day first class match that ended in Vadodara on Saturday.

Paul Collingwood too had a back spasm during a warm up match in Mumbai and Liam Plunkett bruised his left heel at Vadodara but both were said to have recovered.

First Published: Feb 26, 2006 21:16 IST