Strauss replaces injured Vaughan

Updated on May 20, 2004 04:53 PM IST

Andrew Strauss replaced Michael Vaughan in England's lineup against New Zealand, making his Test debut on his home ground.

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PTI | ByAssociated Press, London

Middlesex opener Andrew Strauss replaced injured opener Michael Vaughan in England's lineup against New Zealand on Thursday, making his Test debut on his home ground of Lord's.

Vaughan twisted his right knee in the nets on Monday and was ruled out of the first test although the England captain is confident of returning for the second at Headingley in two weeks time.

With Strauss making his first appearance, there is no room for Paul Collingwood at No. 6.

England also decided to leave James Anderson out of the pace attack, relying on the foursome who did so well in England's 3-0 beating of the West Indies during their Caribbean tour. Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Simon Jones and allrounder Andrew Flintoff will share the pace bowling duties and Ashley Giles as the spinner.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will open having recovered from an abdominal muscle strain but strike bowler Shane Bond is still suffering from a back injury.


England: Marcus Trescothick (captain), Andrew Strauss, Mark Butcher, Nasser Hussain, Graham Thorpe, Andrew Flintoff, Geraint Jones (wicketkeeper), Ashley Giles, Simon Jones, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, James Anderson.

New Zealand: Stephen Fleming, Mark Richardson, Nathan Astle, Scott Syris, Chris Cairns, Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Daryl Tuffey, Chris Martin.

Umpires: Daryl Harper, Australia, and Rudy Koertzen, South Africa; Third umpire: Mark Benson, England; Match referee: Clive Lloyd, West Indies.

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