Collingwood, Prior dropped from England squad

June 21st, 2011 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 21 (IANS) England have dropped former captain Paul Collingwood and wicketkeeper Matt Prior from their one-day squad for the forthcoming limited-over series against Sri Lanka.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has been recalled along with all-rounder Samit Patel.

England take on Sri Lanka in one Twenty20 international June 25 before a series of five one-day matches.

Collingwood, who led England to triumph in World Twenty20, was not included in either squad. The 35-year-old had retired from Test cricket and recently returned to form and fitness from a knee injury.

“His omission is purely down to form,” England selector Geoff Miller was quoted as saying on BBC.

Miller, however, insists that it is not end of the road for Collingwood.

“Paul Collingwood has been an inspirational limited-overs cricketer for England over many years, and we still see a role for him in this capacity based on form and fitness,” said Miller.

“We look forward to him getting plenty of cricket under his belt for Durham as he presses to reclaim a place in the England limited-overs set-up.

“He has always brought a great deal to the England team, and we know he’ll be working as hard as ever to reach peak form and fitness - with an England recall firmly in the forefront of his mind.”

“Craig has been in exciting form for Somerset so far this year - and while Matt Prior has been outstanding in the Test team, we believe Craig will offer some real firepower with the bat along with his ability with the gloves,” Miller added.

Patel meanwhile has not appeared for England since earning his 11th one-day cap in November 2008.

“Samit Patel has taken significant steps in the right direction and he has more hard work ahead in order to make further progress,” Miller said.

“Samit is one of a number of players, like Craig Kieswetter, who comes back into the limited-overs set-up on the back of some excellent form and plenty of hard work.”

Stuart Broad, who picked up a foot injury during the third Test against Sri Lanka, is expected to be fit enough to lead England for the first time in the single Twenty20 game at Bristol Saturday, before Alastair Cook takes over the captaincy for the one-day series.

England squads:

Twenty20: Stuart Broad (captain), Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.

ODIs: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.

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