| David Graveney feels Darren Gough can be recalled for England’s tour to West Indies
London: Darren Gough was omitted from England’s one-day International for the tours of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka announced at Lord’s on Wednesday.
Yorkshire fast bowler Gough, 32, retired from Test cricket after the second Test against South Africa at Lord’s earlier this season but still made himself available for ODIs.
But England’s chairman of selectors, David Graveney, announcing the squads, said that Gough could be on England’s tour of the West Indies in the New Year.
“Gough still remains a selection option for the second part of the winter in ODIs,” said Graveney. “However, as part of our planning for 2007 (when the next World Cup takes place), the selectors needed to look at other options bearing in mind the playing conditions in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.”
In the Test squad, which will play two Tests in Bangladesh and three in Sri Lanka, England have included four uncapped players: Worcestershire off-spinner Gareth Batty, Surrey all-rounder Rikki Clarke, Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood and Kent wicket-keeper Geraint Jones.
“The inclusion of Paul Collingwood and Rikki Clarke will also give us the option, where necessary, to strengthen our batting line-up still further and build totals which the captain can defend with what is a young and relatively inexperienced attack.”
England omitted seamers Martin Bicknell and James Kirtley, both of whom played in the 2-2 drawn Test series with South Africa concluded on Monday.
Instead Yorkshire’s Matthew Hoggard, fit again after a knee problem, was preferred. “Martin Bicknell and James Kirtley both made strong contributions in the recent Test series but Matthew Hoggard was preferred as we feel that his type of bowling will be most effective in the conditions we are likely to face on the sub-continent,” said Graveney.
Surrey batsman Graham Thorpe, who made 124 on his Test comeback at The Oval in England’s nine-wicket fifth Test win against South Africa and Durham fast bowler Stephen Harmison were both included in the Test squad.
Michael Vaughan (capt.), James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Mark Butcher, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Stephen Harmison, Nasser Hussain, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones, Chris Read, Marcus Trescothick, Graham Thorpe.
Michael Vaughan (capt.), James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Blackwell, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Richard Johnson, James Kirtley, Anthony McGrath, Chris Read, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Marcus Trescothick.