England players agree to resume tour

December 4, 2008 at 11:54 am 1 comment

England players agreed to continue the tour of India after a team meeting at Lords on Wednesday evening. This comes after the ECB security inspection showed that it was safe to tour and they will now fly out to Abu Dhabi on Thursday. England have named a 14-man team which will be joined by nine Performance programme players.

The players will be training in Abu Dhabi before flying out to India before the first test in Chennai. That however, depends on whether the security requirements of the ECB are met, the ECB will work with Indian authorities to ensure that they do.

The 14 man test team is the same team that was announced in October but without Ryan Sidebottom who is ruled out of the test series. Stuart broad who is named in the team is out of the first test and he will be flying directly to the venue of the second test at a later date. Nine players from the performance squad including, Saj Mahmood and Amjad Khan are in the team as back-up to the squad players. Saj Mahmood and Amjad Khan will be likely to be vying for a place in the team for the first test if England play a single spinner. Tim Ambrose is favourite to take the gloves after a poor ODI series for Prior and he joins Monty Panesar and Andrew Strauss in the team.

England squad for the two-Test tour of India:
KP Pietersen (capt) T Ambrose (wkt), J Anderson , IR Bell , S Broad, P Collingwood, A Cook, A Flintoff, S Harmison, M Panesar, M Prior (wkt), O Shah, A Strauss, G Swann.

Performance squad: R Bopara, M Davies, R Joseph, A Khan , S Mahmood, S Patel, L Plunkett, O Rayner , A Richardson


Entry filed under: Cricket, England, India, Pietersen.

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