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Sohel
August 6, 2007, 07:15 PM
Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2007/08/06/ucrup106.xml

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Flintoff named in England squads
By Vicki Hodges and agencies
Last Updated: 12:59pm BST 06/08/2007

England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will make his international return in the one-day series against India later this month.

The Lancashire opener has been included in England's squad for the seven-game series with India which gets under way at the Rose Bowl on Aug 21 and has also been named in the World Twenty20 squad for next month's tournament in South Africa.

Flintoff has not featured for England this summer after having a third operation on his ankle earlier this year.

While former England captain Flintoff is scheduled for a return, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss, two other men to have led England in the past 12 months, have been overlooked once again.

"Our squad for the NatWest Series against India contains the majority of the players chosen against West Indies earlier this summer," said chairman of selectors David Graveney.

"We are pleased to welcome Ravi Bopara and Andrew Flintoff back to the squad and we will continue to monitor Andrew's rehabilitation from his ankle injury closely in the run-up to the tournament against India."

England show just three changes from their previous one-day squad, with Jonathan Trott, Michael Yardy and Liam Plunkett making way for series against the Indians.

Fast bowler Chris Tremlett earns a recall to the one-day side after an impressive couple of Test performances in the past fortnight.

While Flintoff will also feature in the Twenty20 competition, England have opted for a raft of specialists for the 20-over game.

The 15-man squad, which will also be captained by Paul Collingwood, sees Darren Maddy, James Kirtley, Chris Schofield, Jeremy Snape and Vikram Solanki all earn international recalls.

Sussex's Luke Wright, the top scorer in this season's domestic Twenty20 competition with 346 runs at an average of 43.25, wins his first international call-up.

Graveney said: "Having reviewed the team's performances in the NatWest international Twenty20 matches against West Indies, the selectors felt it was necessary to include a number of players with greater experience of this format of the game in the squad to go to South Africa.

"The World Twenty20 tournament will be new ground for everyone and we feel that combining players with experience of one-day international cricket together with Twenty20 'specialists' will give us the best possible chance of success."

England one-day squad:

PD Collingwood (Durham, captain), JM Anderson (Lancashire), IR Bell (Warwickshire), RS Bopara (Essex), SCJ Broad (Leicestershire), AN Cook (Essex), A Flintoff (Lancashire), AD Mascarenhas (Hampshire), MS Panesar (Northamptonshire), KP Pietersen (Hampshire), MJ Prior (Sussex), OA Shah (Middlesex), RJ Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), CT Tremlett (Hampshire).

World Twenty20 squad:

P Collingwood (capt, Durham), R Bopara (Essex), S Broad (Leicestershire), A Flintoff (Lancashire), J Kirtley (Sussex), D Maddy (Warwickshire), K Pietersen (Hampshire), M Prior (Sussex), C Schofield (Surrey), O Shah (Middlesex), R Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), J Snape (Leicestershire), V Solanki (Worcestershire), C Tremlett (Hampshire), L Wright (Sussex).

Looking forward to his return.

Kabir
August 7, 2007, 12:19 AM
Good cricketer, although I'm not a big fan of his.
Why am I confusing myself thinking that he played during the WC?

Huda
August 7, 2007, 12:56 AM
That's because he did play in the WC :), although he was banned for one match by the ECB for that pedalo incident.

Puck
August 7, 2007, 05:50 AM
alan donald has been speaking a about remodelling his bowling action. the ankle problem would not go away and it needs to be looked at. at the age of 29, another injury would surely ruin his career as an allrounder. he had two excellent seasons with the bat, in 2004 and in 2005 but at all other times, this techniqueless slogging simply have not paid off. in terms of his bowling, while he was still bowling accurately and ocassionally making the ball move, last winter in australia he was bowling at least a year or two slower than 2005.

Ganguly da
August 16, 2007, 01:18 AM
It would be a treat to watch Flintoff again, can't imagine Eng Odi side w/o Flinty...

Sohel
August 16, 2007, 01:47 AM
Any info as to why Manoj Tiwary is not in this or the T20 squad?

Tintin
August 16, 2007, 01:56 AM
>> Any info as why Manoj Tiwary is not in this or the T20 squad?

My impression is that Rohit Sharma is considered as more of a stroke player than Tiwari, and if the fight for the last batting spot was between those two, Sharma could have got the preference.

Sohel
August 16, 2007, 01:58 AM
>> Any info as why Manoj Tiwary is not in this or the T20 squad?

My impression is that Rohit Sharma is considered as more of a stroke player than Tiwari, and if the fight for the last batting spot was between those two, Sharma could have got the preference.

Thanks bro ... sigh.

Tintin
August 16, 2007, 03:49 AM
Thanks bro ... sigh.

Sorry. He hasn't played cricket since April 19 and is not part of the India A team in Zim and Bangladesh. So a more likely reason is that he has not recovered from the operation that he underwent in June (May ?).

Ganguly da
August 16, 2007, 03:28 PM
last time i saw rohit sharma, he sucked, but i would give him the benefit of doubt since it was his 1st odi int'l

Puck
August 16, 2007, 07:22 PM
your lot played well against mighty scotland!

Nafis_BD
August 16, 2007, 09:15 PM
Flintoff is a really talented all-rounder. I remember when he and Paul Collingwood tried to single handedly save England's face in the 2005 Natwest series!! Or was it 2004 or 2003....I forgot. But unfortunately he lost his form and hasn't gained it back for a long time. Hopefully he gains his form back.