England ring changes for Twenty20

Published: Friday, June 13, 2008, 21:22 [IST]
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England made two changes to their side for Friday's one-off Twenty20 international against New Zealand here at Old Trafford on Friday.

Wicket-keeper Tim Ambrose, who played in England's recent 2-0 Test series win over New Zealand, was called up for his limited overs international debut after Phil Mustard was dropped from the one-day squad.

Ian Bell, normally a middle-order batsman, has been pencilled in as an opener after making 42 for Warwickshire against Glamorgan in a domestic Twenty20 earlier this week as England look to fill a problem position.

England also omitted left-arm quick Ryan Sidebottom, one of their star performers in the Test series.

Instead in-form Essex all-rounder Ravi Bopara was called up for his international debut in this form of cricket after missing out on England's two Twenty20 victories over New Zealand in February.

Nevertheless, England retained the bulk of the team that beat New Zealand by 50 runs in their last Twenty20 match in Christchurch on February 7.

This was the only Twenty20 international of New Zealand's tour of England. The first of a seven-match one-day series starts at the Riverside on Sunday.

New Zealand are naming their team later.

England: Luke Wright, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Paul Collingwood (capt), Owais Shah, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Tim Ambrose (wkt), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

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