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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 May, 2003, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
Troughton reaches new level
Jim Troughton
Troughton has emerged as the leading young batsman in county cricket
Batting prospect Jim Troughton is eagerly looking forward to testing himself against international opposition after being named in England's one-day squad for the summer.

The Warwickshire left-hander, grandson of former TV Doctor Who Patrick Troughton, is one of six uncapped players in the 15-man squad and is likely to fill a crucial middle order role.

"My Championship cricket has gone very well. People can see I play an attacking style and it has come off this season.

"I enjoy playing one-day cricket, I enjoyed the atmosphere at the B&H final last year, and I'm looking forward to it.

"Test cricket is also an ambition of mine, if I put in good performances hopefully I can get myself in the frame," the left-hander said.

ODI APPEARANCES
Michael Vaughan (capt) 26
Kabir Ali 0
James Anderson 14
Rikki Clarke 0
Andrew Flintoff 52
Ashley Giles 24
Darren Gough 111
Steve Harmison 5
Richard Johnson 0
Robert Key 0
Anthony McGrath 0
Chris Read 9
Vikram Solanki 8
Marcus Trescothick 61
Jim Troughton 0

Former Academy team-mate Rikki Clarke will also be looking for his first cap after being part of the senior squad at last year's ICC Champions Trophy event in Sri Lanka without playing a game.

"The guys at Surrey have always given me good advice and it's good to be at a competitive county where you have to fight for your place.

"The England team is going in the right direction. Hopefully, we can build a team for the 2007 World Cup," he commented

Somerset seam bowler Richard Johnson was a surprise selection ahead of James Kirtley, but a maiden century at the start of the season may have helped tip the balance in his favour.

"My aim at the start of the season was just to perform well for Somerset and get as many wickets as possible.

"Getting called up by England wasn't something that I'd considered, but at the same time I hadn't given up hope that my chance would come," he said.

This is an exciting squad but a very inexperienced squad
Selector David Graveney

"I have always had the ability to bat, but in the winter I decided to work on my technique and it looks to be paying dividends. My aim right now is simply to get a game in the [England] XI."

Worcestershire batsman Vikram Solanki has been recalled three years after playing eight one-day internationals during the 1999-2000 tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"Everyone wants to play for England and I am no different.

"I hadn't given up hope of being recalled, and I always keep an eye on developments in the side.

"I just decided to keep on top of my game for Worcestershire and let the rest take care of itself."




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