England selectors name Caddick in squad for 3rd Test
Published: Saturday, August 17, 2002, 23:31 [IST]
Nasser Hussain (captain), Mark Butcher, Andrew Caddick, Dominic Cork, John Crawley, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Stephen Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Robert Key, Alec Stewart (wicket-keeper), Alex Tudor and Michael Vaughan.
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London: Fast bowler Andrew Caddick was recalled to England's 13-man squad on Saturday for next week's third Test against India at Headingley. Somerset quick Caddick, who missed the One-day triangular series and the first two Tests against India with a side injury, takes the place of Craig White. Yorkshire all-rounder White made an unbeaten 94 during the drawn second Test at Trent Bridge but also suffered an abdominal tear. Somerset quick Caddick is the only change to the squad. Fellow paceman Stephen Harmison, who made his Test debut in Nottingham, retains his place. So too does fellow Test new boy Robert Key with first-choice opening batsman Marcus Trescothick still out with a thumb injury. Fast bowler Alex Tudor, who did not make the final XI in Nottingham, retains his squad spot. But England has major concerns over Andrew Flintoff. He keeps his place in the squad but the Lancashire all-rounder will have to undergo a fitness test on a groin injury at Headingley next week to see if he can make the line-up come Thursday's first day. Chairman of selectors David Graveney said on Saturday, "Andrew Flintoff is a key player for us and we will have to see how he is after practice next week. We very much hope that he will be able to play but we do have other options available and we are not intending to add to this squad at the present stage. "Although it is disappointing to lose Craig White, there will still be plenty of competition for places for this Test match as Andrew Caddick and Alex Tudor are both now back from injury and have been bowling well for their counties." But one player not competing for a place will be Glamorgan quick Simon Jones. He made a promising debut at Lord's in England's 170-run first Test win but is still on the way back from a side injury. Headingley has a notorious reputation for producing seamer-friendly pitches. But Graveney indicated that a decision to retain the all-pace attack used at Trent Bridge and again omit specialist left-arm spinner Ashley Giles had not yet been taken. "Although we have talked to counties who have played at Headingley this summer, we don't yet have an inkling as to what sort of surface has been prepared for this Test match. "We will have to assess the wicket next week and think about what impact it will have on our selection." England leads the four-match series 1-0. India must win at Headingley to keep alive hopes of claiming its first Test series outside the sub- continent in 16 years.