Harmison, Key in England ODI squad; Ali lone new face

Published: Monday, December 2, 2002, 19:43 [IST]
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Sydney: Steve Harmison and Robert Key, members of England's vanquished Ashes Test team, on Monday were chosen in the national One-day cricket squad for the first time. Paceman Harmison and batsman Key were included in a 16-man squad for the triangular One-day series against Australia and Sri Lanka, starting here on December 13. Worcestershire fast bowler Kabir Ali was also included and is the only uncapped member of the squad. Selectors named all-rounder Andrew Flintoff despite his inability to play in the opening three Ashes Tests against Australia because of the effects of a mid-year hernia operation. Ali made the England Academy squad after an impressive county season. He has been promoted from the Academy as England was forced to alter plans for its One-day squad. Selectors originally named seven One-day specialists, leaving the other spots open for those who showed form during the Test series. However, Craig White and Paul Collingwood both received call-ups to the Ashes squad as England was hit by a series of injuries, while James Kirtley has replaced original selection Darren Gough. England has also lost fast bowler Simon Jones, while paceman Matthew Hoggard has struggled for form. Chris Silverwood, who sustained a torn ankle ligament in the third Test at Perth, will fly home in the next few days after being ruled out of the remaining two Test matches at Melbourne and Sydney over Christmas and New Year. Those members of the Test squad not included in the One-day party will remain in Perth to continue work before the Ashes series resumes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day. The team: Nasser Hussain (captain), Kabir Ali, Ian Blackwell, Andrew Caddick, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Ronnie Irani, Robert Key, James Kirtley, Nick Knight, Owais Shah, Jeremy Snape, Alec Stewart, Marcus Trescothick and Craig White.

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