Strauss left out of England’s Twenty20 squad

April 6th, 2009 - 10:20 pm ICT by IANS  

London, April 6 (IANS) England cricket captain Andrew Strauss was not included in the World Twenty20 with selectors likely to take some time before announcing a captain for the June tournament.
Rob Key and Dimitri Mascarenhas are among those speculated to take over, while England chief selector Geoff Miller has admitted that Andrew Flintoff will also be considered.

“There are loads of options for us to choose from, Andrew is one of them,” said Miller of Flintoff, who was stripped of the vice-captaincy in 2007 following the infamous “Fredalo” incident.

“We will certainly discuss it. We will talk to all parties to find out the best way forward and make sure we have the best side and the best captain on the field to win the tournament,” he was quoted as saying in The Guardian.

That will also mean Kevin Pietersen being discussed, although the former England captain has previously insisted he would not accept the job.

The decision not to select Strauss was made with the England captain’s blessing.

“Andrew and the selectors believe his game is better suited to Test and one-day international cricket and it is for that reason he has not been selected in the preliminary 30-man squad,” said the England selector Geoff Miller.

“Andrew is focused on the Test and ODI format of the game despite not being included in the Twenty20 squad.”

Miller said captain would be named after the appointment of England’s new director of cricket and following a review of the team’s performance on the tour of the West Indies.

Shaun Udal, who turned 40 last month, was included in the squad which will eventually be cut to 15. Also called up is Samit Patel, despite recently being left out of the T20 and one-day matches in the West Indies after failing to “reach acceptable standards of fitness for international cricket”.

England’s preliminary squad for the Twenty20 World Cup

Kabir Ali (Worcestershire); James Anderson (Lancashire); Gareth Batty (Worcestershire); Ian Bell (Warwickshire); Ravi Bopara (Essex); Timothy Bresnan (Yorkshire); Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire); Paul Collingwood (Durham); Stephen Davies (Worcestershire); Joe Denly (Kent); James Foster (Essex); Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire); Steve Harmison (Durham); Robert Key (Kent); Sajid Mahmood (Lancashire); Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire); Eoin Morgan (Middlesex); Graham Napier (Essex); Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire); Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire); Liam Plunkett (Durham); Matthew Prior (Sussex); Adil Rashid (Yorkshire); Owais Shah (Middlesex); Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire); Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire); Chris Tremlett (Hampshire); Shaun Udal (Middlesex); Chris Woakes (Warwickshire); Luke Wright (Sussex).

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