Hollioake included in Englands 30 probables for WC

Published: Sunday, December 8, 2002, 0:43 [IST]
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London: Former England One-day captain Adam Hollioake was named in England's provisional squad on Saturday for next year's World Cup in South Africa. The Surrey captain, who took time out at the start of the last northern season following the death of his brother Ben in a car crash in Australia, eventually enjoyed an impressive season with both bat and ball as he led his county to their third championship title in four years.

Australian-born Hollioake, 31, who last played for England in the 1999 World Cup when England, on home soil, crashed out after the first round, is currently on standby in Australia in case of further injuries to the England One-day squad there. Off spinner Jeremy Snape is also included despite being ruled out of the start of the triangular One-day series in Australia, which also features Sri Lanka. Snape suffered a hand fracture after being struck by a Brett Lee delivery during England's crushing One-day defeat by New South Wales on Friday and is set to be sidelined for four weeks.

He is included along with the rest of the England One-day squad currently in Australia. But some could yet miss out, with England, in common with all other 13 World Cup participants having to name its final 15-man party by December 31. However, one player who appears to be out of England's plans is Essex wicket-keeper James Foster. He was England's gloveman on their winter tour of India and New Zealand but injury saw veteran Alec Stewart regain his place behind the stumps at the start of the last English season.

And Foster appears to have lost his place as England's number two keeper to Nottinghamshire's Chris Read, who was included in the provisional World Cup squad two years after his last One-day appearance. Glamorgan captain and hard-hitting batsman Matthew Maynard has also been recalled after two years in the international wilderness. England has also named five uncapped players in its squad on Saturday, Lancashire pace bowlers Kyle Hogg and James Anderson, Yorkshire batsman Anthony McGrath, Leicestershire stroke player Darren Stevens and Kent seamer Martin Saggers all catching the eye of the selectors. The World Cup begins on February 9.

England Probables: Nasser Hussain, Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, Michael Vaughan, Owais Shah, Alec Stewart (wicket-keeper), Ronnie Irani, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Craig White, Ian Blackwell, Jeremy Snape, Ashley Giles, Andrew Caddick, Matthew Hoggard, James Kirtley, Robert Key, Darren Stevens, Vikram Solanki, Anthony McGrath, Matthew Maynard, Adam Hollioake, Chris Read (wicket-keeper), Richard Dawson, Martin Saggers, Kyle Hogg, Kabir Ali, Stephen Harmison, Ryan Sidebottom and James Anderson.

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