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Monday, August 9, 1999 Published at 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK

Graveney denies England 'crisis'

David Graveney discusses the Old Trafford pitch with senior batsman Mike Atherton

England's chairman of selectors David Graveney has dismissed suggestions that the Test hierarchy is in chaos.

David Graveney: "Our main faling is on first innings"
Reports stated that he was unhappy with the make-up of the squad for the third Test with New Zealand - and had objected to the return of experienced players such as Graeme Hick.

But Graveney insisted his selection panel spoke with one voice.

And he denied that a dinner with his bosses at team headquarters on Sunday night was a "crisis meeting".

Graveney joined England captain Nasser Hussain, incoming coach Duncan Fletcher, England and Wales Cricket Board Chairman Lord MacLaurin, Brian Bolus, chairman of England's Management Advisory Committee, and International Teams Director Simon Pack at the dinner.

"It is an opportune time for all parties to get together," Graveney said. "It's an informal dinner."


Graveney has defended the closed-door selection process for the Test side.

"I have never indicated what happens in a selection meeting," he added.

"As chairman of selectors, the responsibility of selecting a team is down to me, and when discussions are complete we are all in agreement about the team that is announced.

"It's disappointing that people wish to make comment about confidential meetings."

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