England turn to Rashid
Yorkshire leggie among three spinners in 16-man pre-Ashes squad
Last Updated: June 23, 2009 9:11am
Rashid: untried at Test level
England have included Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid in an extended 16-man squad for a pre-Ashes training camp but there is no place for Michael Vaughan.
"The door has not been closed on any player at this stage."
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Rashid, 21, is one of three slow bowlers named in the party alongside Nottinghamshire off-spinner Graeme Swann and Northamptonshire left-armer Monty Panesar.
The selectors have kept their options open ahead of the first Test against Australia in Cardiff from July 8-12 as the pitch at the Swalec Stadium is expected to offer turn.
All of the XI on duty in the second Test win over West Indies in May are retained, while Warwickshire's Ian Bell is preferred to former skipper Vaughan as the back-up batsman.
Lancashire all-rounder Andrew Flintoff and Nottinghamshire seamer Ryan Sidebottom both return following injury.
"The pre-Ashes camp is designed to give (team manager) 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," said national selector Geoff Miller.
"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."
England have also named their team for the warm-up fixture against Warwickshire at Edgbaston from July 1-3.
The members of the 16-man squad not required for that game - Bell, Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions and Rashid - will instead play for the Lions against Australia from July 1-4 at Worcester.
Bell captains a Lions' line-up that features fast bowlers Steve Harmison and Sajid Mahmood, both of whom have been given the opportunity to press their claims for a Test recall.
The exception is Sidebottom, who is not in either team, but he could play in Nottinghamshire's LV County Championship encounter against Lancashire from June 30-July 3 at Trent Bridge.
"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," added Miller.
"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."
Pre-Ashes squad: A Strauss (capt), J Anderson, I Bell, R Bopara, T Bresnan, S Broad, P Collingwood, A Cook, A Flintoff, G Onions, M Panesar, K Pietersen, M Prior (wkt), A Rashid, R Sidebottom, G Swann
England team v Warwickshire: A Strauss (capt), J Anderson, S Broad, R Bopara, P Collingwood, A Cook, A Flintoff, M Panesar, K Pietersen, M Prior (wkt), G Swann
England Lions v Australia: I Bell (capt), T Bresnan, J Denly, S Davies (wkt), S Harmison, S Mahmood, S Moore, E Morgan, G Onions, A Rashid, V Solanki
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