England stay consistent
England have named an unchanged 11-man squad for the third npower Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford starting on Thursday.
Matthew Hoggard has been ruled out of the squad due to an adductor muscle injury suffered during the 1st npower Test at Lord’s. Nottinghamshire left-armer Ryan Sidebottom retains his place in the squad following his eight-wicket haul against the West Indies at Headingley Carnegie.
Chairman of selectors, David Graveney, said: “Despite ongoing rehabilitation and assessment by both the ECB and Yorkshire medical teams, Matthew Hoggard has unfortunately failed to fully recover from the groin injury sustained at Lord’s.
“Matthew has worked hard to overcome the injury but ultimately time was against him. We’re prepared to give him as long as he needs to ensure the injury does not become a longer-term problem. We are hopeful that with further rehabilitation he will come into calculations for the fourth npower Test in Durham.
“Ian Bell has made excellent progress after suffering a back spasm that saw him sit out the last four days of the second npower Test. Provided he gets through Warwickshire’s Friends Provident Trophy match on Sunday he’s expected to be fully fit for Old Trafford.
“James Anderson has not been named in the squad but will be the standby seam bowler, joining the team on Wednesday evening in case of late illness or injury. He will be available to Lancashire for their LV County Championship match against Durham starting on Wednesday.”
Commenting on the ankle injury to England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, Graveney said: “Andrew successfully underwent surgery on Friday and following rehabilitation and strengthening work we are hopeful he can play a part for England at some stage later in the summer. Given his latest injury setback we all feel for Andrew and look forward to him making a strong recovery.
"I’ve no doubt Andrew will draw strength from the way Michael Vaughan made a successful return to Test cricket following a lengthy period out of the game through injury.”
England Test Squad
Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire) (captain)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Stephen Harmison (Durham)
Monty Panesar (Northants)
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
Matthew Prior (Sussex)
Liam Plunkett (Durham)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex)