Cork, Hoggard awarded six-month contracts
Published: Thursday, March 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Contracted players: Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Andrew Caddick, Dominic Cork, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Matthew Hoggard, Alec Stewart, Graham Thorpe, Marcus Trescothick, Michael Vaughan, Craig White. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions
London: Pace bowlers Matthew Hoggard and Dominic Cork were awarded six-month contracts by the England and Whales Cricket Board (ECB) on Thursday. Both took part in the memorable second Test win over West Indies at Lord's last year, although Hoggard has not played a Test since and Cork flew home early from the tour of Pakistan after sustaining a back injury. Ten of the 12 contracted players took part in the third Test victory over Sri Lanka in Colombo this month, with only off spinner Robert Croft missing out. ''We have decided not to contract Robert Croft as we do not expect to field two spinners in every Test match this summer,'' chairman of selectors David Graveney said in a statement. ''But he produced excellent performances with bat and ball in Sri Lanka and remains very much in our thoughts for both this summer's matches and next winter.'' Graeme Hick, dropped for the third Test against Sri Lanka, has also been excluded after another disappointing tour. Leg spinner Chris Schofield and all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, two of the first 12 England players to be awarded contracts last year, miss out after failing to develop as hoped. England play two home Tests against Pakistan this year followed by five against Australia.