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Strauss recalled for New Zealand tour

Published: Saturday, January 5, 2008, 10:42 [IST]
 
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England recall Strauss for NZ tour; Prior ax

London: Andrew Strauss has been recalled for England's forthcoming tour to New Zealand, but wicketkeeper Matt Prior lost his place in the Test and one-day squads.

Strauss was left out of England's recent Test series in Sri Lanka but the batsman is back in favour and will link up with his country after getting match practice with Northern Knights in New Zealand's State Shield and Twenty20 competitions.

Prior, 25, paid the price for some error-strewn displays in the Test series defeat in Sri Lanka last month. Warwickshire's Tim Ambrose has been called up in Prior's place, with Durham's Philip Mustard retaining his place in the squad.

"Andrew Strauss needed a break from international cricket in our view and he will now be keen to re-establish himself in the Test side," chairman of selectors David Graveney said.

"His experience will be of benefit to the squad as a whole and his inclusion will also provide us with alternative options if required at the top of the batting order.

"The decision about changing the batting order was difficult. We felt Andrew needed a bit of a break and he's worked very hard on his game."

Graveney, who admitted he hadn't been able to contact Prior to tell him the bad news, warned the Sussex star he will have to improve his keeping to get back in the side.

"I speak to players that have been left out. In this instance I have been unable to contact Matt Prior," Graveney said. "I have been working closely with his agent, Alec Stewart, but I regret sincerely that that phone call hasn't been made.

"When I speak to him I'll tell him why we made the decision.

"Matt performed well with the bat in Sri Lanka and it has been a difficult decision to leave him out of this tour.

"But the selectors feel that he needs to further improve his wicket-keeping in order to realise his full potential in international cricket.

"I assure you the wicketkeeper has been a well discussed area since Alec Stewart retired. It was a difficult decision, all decisions are difficult.

"We felt in this instance, as well as he has batted, there are areas of his wicketkeeping he needs to work at and that's why we made that decision.

"It's a double factor, wicketkeeping is crucial and so is the ability to score runs. I'm sure Matt will be back."

"Tim Ambrose fully deserves an opportunity at this level following impressive performances for the England Performance squad in India before Christmas and for Warwickshire last season."

Sussex batsman Michael Yardy has been named as captain of the England Lions squad which will compete in The Duleep Trophy in India later this month. Monty Panesar will tour India with the Lions prior to joining up with England's Test squad in New Zealand.

England is scheduled to play three Tests and five ODIs in New Zealand.

England Squad (Tests): Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt), Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), Alistair Cook (Essex), Ian Bell (Warwicks), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Phil Mustard (wkt, Durham), Tim Ambrose (wkt, Warwicks), James Anderson (Lancashire), Stuart Broad (Nottingham), Steven Harmison (Durham), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire), Monty Panesar (Northampton), Ryan Sidebottom, (Nottingham) and Gareth Swann (Nottingham).

England Squad (ODIs): Paul Collingwood (Durham, capt), Alistair Cook (Essex), Ian Bell (Warwicks), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Luke Wright (Sussex), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Ambrose (wkt, Warwicks), Phil Mustard (wkt, Durham), James Anderson (Lancashire), Stuart Broad (Nottingham), Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottingham), Gareth Swann (Nottingham), J Tredwell (Kent) and Chris Tremlett (Hampshire).

AFP

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