Hoggard, Harmison still in team mix, says England coach Moores

July 24th, 2008 - 1:54 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 24 (ANI): England cricket coach Peter Moores has refused to rule out a Test return for bowling pair Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison despite their latest selection setback.
Ashes-winning duo Matthew Hoggard and Steve Harmison have found their England chances hard to come by over the past four months.
Yorkshire paceman Hoggard, 31, said that he giving great consideration to his international cricket future after Australian-raised Darren Pattinson’’s controversial inclusion ahead of him to face South Africa in the second Test at Headingley. international future.
Like Durham’’s Harmison, Hoggard, England’’s sixth most successful bowler in Test history, played his last Test for England four months ago against New Zealand in Hamilton and since neither have had an opportunity to stake their claim on the international circuit despite encouraging county form.
The pair remain centrally-contracted by the ECB and coach Peter Moores offered the Ashes-winning players hope of reclaiming their place in the England attack before he announces the side that will face the tourists in next week’’s must-win third Test at Edgbaston, trailing the four-match series 1-0.
He said: “If they are bowling well and deserve to be picked then they should be in the frame.
“You”ve got two experienced bowlers out there who have played a lot for England and bowled very well in the past and they are desperate to play again which is great. So, it would be a foolish thing to do to rule them out,” The Telegraph quoted Moores, as saying.
The return of Ryan Sidebottom from injury is likely to see Pattinson return to first-class action for Nottinghamshire next week, despite taking two for 95 on his Test debut against South Africa in the first innings.
However, Moores insisted Pattinson was picked on merit, applauding his introduction to the Test scene in difficult circumstances.
“Certainly there has been a lot of talk about Darren’’s bowling but for a lad on debut he did all right,” Moores said.
Meanwhile openers Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss will not represent Essex and Middlesex respectively after their anticipated participation in this weekend’’s Twenty20 finals at Rose Bowl was vetoed by England selectors following consecutive Tests in London and Leeds. (ANI)

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