Ashes Squad Announced

23 09 2010

So the wait is over. The various squads and contract lists have been announced. For those who haven’t seen them we thought we would reproduce them here. Not an original piece of writing by any standards, for which we apologise!

England Ashes Test squad:
Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex), Alastair Cook (vice-captain, Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Steven Davies (wkt, Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (wkt, Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).

No real surprises although we are disappointed to see that Panesar has got the nod over Rashid. Pleased to see Tremlett in the side although believe Shahzad would have been a better pick over Bresnan. Despite some noticeable support from people commenting on this website and in the media we have serious concerns about the Yorkshire mans wicket taking ability.

That said we have enormous faith in Andy Flower and perhaps he can see something we can’t…

England performance programme squad:
Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (wk, Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Andrew Gale (Yorkshire), James Hildreth (Somerset), Craig Kieswetter (wk, Somerset), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Leicestershire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

This is an interesting and exciting squad. There are some serious young players in here and we hope that Hildreth, Lyth and Taylor in particular amongst the batsman kick on. Also worth keeping an eye on is Ben Stokes from Durham. Amongst the keepers Jos Buttler of Somerset is unlucky to miss out although Bairstow of Yorkshire has been earning rave reviews for his work. Noticeable by his absence is Adil Rashid from the main and performance squads with Briggs from Hampshire being picked as the back up spinner. Presumably there is a larger plan with Rashid or perhaps other issues which have prevented his being picked – either way we hope there is a valid reason as he is too talented to miss out on international selection for too long.

England central contracts:
Strauss, Anderson, Bell, Broad, Collingwood, Cook, Finn, Pietersen, Prior, Swann, Trott.

Incremental contracts:
Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan, Eoin Morgan, Luke Wright (Sussex), Michael Yardy (Sussex).

No comments on this – for information only!

Back to more original thoughts tomorrow…

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4 responses

23 09 2010
James Parrett

No Ravi Bopara either mate…?

23 09 2010
Bradders

Good spot – didn’t see that. Strange as hes on an incremental contract and in and around the squad. You would think they would want to continue working on a man with 3 test centuries. Maybe they have other plans for him… what they would be who knows!

23 09 2010
Jonathan

Boy oh boy is there some talent in the performance programme squad.

26 09 2010
Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog

I think Bopara is spending the winter in South Africa, I think he is playing for Natal.

I agree with Tremletts inclusion, I just hope he really grabs his chance this time as he has the ability.

I agree with your argument about Shahzad. I don’t really see what role Bresnan will play in Oz. He won’t play as a batsman or a front line bowler in a 4 man attack. I can only see him getting a game if England decide to play 5 bowlers in the middle of the series if the workload is too much for the four man attack during the first couple of tests.

He is more of a tactical option, than a like for like replacement. I can’t see him playing if any bowler gets injured, Tremlett would have to go straight in above him.

That is one crucial area where Australia probably have the edge. They can throw the ball to Shane Watson if the workload gets too much , and ok, I know he isn’t a great test bowler, but he is a better 5th bowler than Collingwood will ever be. Basically England don’t have a 5th bowling option.

With regard to the second spinner, I’m not sure I’d take Rashid, but I do think he has been treated in a shabby way by England, and I don’t know what is going on there.

I was against taking Tredwell though, he would only have been a negative option for England. There is no way he could do Swann’s attacking job, Monty (not perfect) is a far better option.

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