England tour of India - Cricket: Thorpe, Caddick count themselves in for India
Published: Saturday, December 29, 2001, 23:35 [IST]
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England's tour of India
London: Graham Thorpe and Andrew Caddick confirmed on Saturday they will be available to join England's One-day tour of India in January and the remainder of the winter itinerary in New Zealand.The participation of Surrey left-hander and England's leading batsman Thorpe was in doubt following his early return home from England's Test series in India in December, because of marital problems.Somerset pace bowler Caddick, who elected not to tour India with the Test party because of security fears amid the ongoing war on terrorism in nearby Afghanistan, has also confirmed he will be back for the One-day series - which starts on January 19 - as well as both legs of the tour of New Zealand."The past few weeks have been a difficult time for me and my family, and I am grateful to the selectors for giving me as much time as I needed to come to this decision, Thorpe said."I now firmly believe that I can commit myself fully to cricket again and I hope to play a full part in both the One-day series in India as well as the One-day and Test series in New Zealand," he added."The selectors appreciate that this has been a difficult time for Graham, and we are delighted that he has decided to commit himself in full to the remaining part of this winter's tour programme, England's chairman of selectors David Graveney said."He is our leading batsman, and I am sure that he will have a significant part to play in both India and New Zealand over the next three months."