Amjad Khan earns England call up

December 9, 2008 at 10:09 am Leave a comment


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England have called up Kent pace-man Amjad Khan to replace Sidebottom in the squad for the two test sereis against India. Khan was initially part of the performance squad and beat off competition from capped test bowlers Plunkett and Mahmood to claim a place in the England side. The Denmark born Khan, 28, has had a mixed season for Kent. He missed a large part of the season through injury but returned with impressive figures, In 6 matches he claimed 21 wickets at an average of 20.61.

He moved to England in 2000 after representing Denmark at international level at the age of 17, becoming Denmark’s youingest ever player. He moved to England in 2000 after being signed up by Kent who were impressed with the youngster’s ability. In his first full season for Kent in 2002, he took an impressive 63 wickets but injuries meant that he was unable to follow up that form in the previous seasons but returned in 2005 to take 55 wickets. In 2006 he earned British Citizenship and was selected for the England academy but a career threatening knee injury meant he had to pull out, returning just this summer and taking part in 6 matches for Kent.

Despite returning from a career threatening injry, he has impressed Peitersen and Peter Moores while he was with the performance sqaud and while training with the England side. Amjad Khan has the ability to bowl at 90mph and got the nod ahead of Mahmood after displaying his ability to reverse swing the ball. He could be a valuable player for England in this series as both Zaheer Khan and Inshant Sharma used the reverse swinging ball to good affect against Australia. He is likely to be up against Anderson for a place in the team but could feature in the first test if England decide to play just the single spinner.

Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid has been called up to the touring party but is not part of the squad. It is thought that he will provide back up for Swann and Panesar and could also be used to provide England some practise against spin bolwing.

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