Wednesday, 8 April 2009

England's Ashes Squad

Not the final list, but 25 names (and an additional 5 to be named whenever they choose) from which the final XI will be chosen. Exciting stuff. Everyone's pretty much aware by now that Michael Vaughan is on the list. All those tears for nothing.

The England Performance Squad:
Tim Ambrose, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, James Foster, Stephen Harmison, Robert Key, Amjad Khan, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Sajid Mahmood, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Andrew Strauss, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Michael Vaughan, Luke Wright.

Well, they got the right names. Or the expected ones, anyway. Adil Rashid is the only uncapped player of the squad (so far).


12th Man said...

With that kind of a squad, they cannot cherish any hopes of an Ashes triumph. Though we won't see a repeat of 06/07, this series is, in all probability, going to be one-sided. England might just win the dead rubber game, them being dead-rubber specialists.

Q said...

When r they going to give Adil Rashid a game? They misses an opportunity in India.. he couldve been a trump card for the ashes.

Amy said...

@12th, The Ashes have long been shaping up to be pretty one-sided, although the 2006-07 series was particularly dreadful. In the past, most England teams who have actually won the Ashes have had a number of external factors influencing it.

@Q - Hopefully now's the time? England might go for other players, though, knowing them.

Graeme said...

In the Daily Telegraph today, Dimitri Mascarenhas was claimed as an Aussie. He apparently played junior cricket for WA, went to school with Simon Katich and is good mates with Adam Voges.

I don't think Katich has tried to strangle him either, which probably means he rates above Michael Clarke.

I predict he'll continue to be claimed by the Aussie media until he turns out to be crap. Then he'll be ridiculed mercilessly!

Amy said...

We like to do that, don't we? It's a matter of taking credit for whatever we possibly can. Charming.

Katich probably just hasn't had the opportunity to strangle him. He's lurking in shadows, waiting for the opportunity, however.