World Cup run-up: England recalls White to ODI squad

Published: Monday, August 5, 2002, 23:16 [IST]
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London: All-rounder Craig White was recalled to England's One-day squad when the selectors named a 14-man party on Monday for September's International Cricket Council (ICC) Trophy tournament in Sri Lanka. White seemed to have played his last international match of any kind at the start of this season when he was overlooked for the home Test series against Sri Lanka and the triangular One-day series that also featured India However, the Australia-raised 32-year-old was chosen for England's 170-run first Test win over India at Lord's last month, where he chipped in with both bat and ball.

And on Sunday he single-handedly took Yorkshire into the final of the Trophy tournament, England's senior One-day competition, taking four wickets with his fast- medium bowling and scoring an unbeaten century against Surrey at Headingley.His selection and indeed the whole composition of the squad gives a clue to the selectors' thinking ahead of February's World Cup in South Africa. England will have played the opening matches of a One-day International triangular tournament in Australia, where Sri Lanka is also involved, before it, along with all other sides, comes to the December 31deadline for naming their 15-man World Cup squad.

White replaces Surrey quick Alex Tudor, who played just twice in the triangular series. Also left out from that tournament are injured Sussex seamer James Kirtley and Surrey batsman Graham Thorpe, who last month announced his retirement from international One-day cricket. England has though included three senior players, who are all currently injured - Andrew Caddick (rib muscle), Darren Gough (knee) and Marcus Trescothick (broken thumb).

But the fitness will be monitored ahead of England's departure to Sri Lankan capital Colombo on September 12 - just three days after the fourth and final Test against India at The Oval is due to finish. "We do currently have injury concerns with Caddick, Gough and Trescothick - and we'll continue to monitor their situation in the run-up to the tournament," England's chairman of selectors David Graveney said. "At this stage we expect them to be fit, and there is no question of us sending an under-strength team to compete in this tournament because we regard it as an important part of our preparation for the World Cup. "But this group of players should not be read as 'the' World Cup squad.

"We'll see how we perform in Sri Lanka and then make a final decision on our World Cup squad after the first batch of One-day Internationals in Australia in December," he said. "All the selectors are aware that there are key areas that we still need to improve on in One-day cricket if we are to compete effectively against the best teams - particularly in our fielding and in our wicket-taking capability." England's first match in the Champions Trophy is against Zimbabwe on September 18 before it takes on India four days later - two teams it is also due to face in next year's World Cup. If it wins its group it will face the winners of the Kenya, South Africa and West Indies pool in the semi-final - with the final being played on September 29.

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