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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 August, 2004, 17:00 GMT 18:00 UK
Wharf receives England call
Wharf helped Glamorgan to one-day league success

Glamorgan's Alex Wharf has been called up to replace injured Kabir Ali in the England one-day squad to face India.

Ali was ruled out of the three-match NatWest Challenge with a side strain and is unlikely to play in the ICC Champions Trophy.

"The medical advice we have received makes his participation in the ICC Champions Trophy extremely doubtful," said chief of selectors David Graveney.

"We will review the situation after the NatWest Challenge."

Wharf, 29, has played a major part in Glamorgan's one-day campaign this season, which has already seen them claim the Totesport League title.

"I was ecstatic when David Graveney gave me the news," he said.

"We have a great one-day side at Glamorgan and have become very tough to beat.

"Glamorgan have given me opportunities and I like to think that has helped bring out the best in me as a cricketer. "

England's one-day squad will meet up on Monday, with the opening match at Trent Bridge two days later.

The ICC Champions Trophy takes place in the UK from 10-25 September, with England's first match coming against Zimbabwe.

Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood is fairing better in his attempt to recover from a knee problem after being ordered to rest by ECB medical officials.

An ECB spokesman told BBC Sport: "His injury hampers him in the field but does not prevent him from batting or bowling."

England squad: MP Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt) Age 29 ODIs 49, A G Wharf (Glamorgan) 29 0, JM Anderson (Lancashire) 22 36, GJ Batty (Worcestershire) 26 5, PD Collingwood (Durham) 28 52, A Flintoff (Lancashire) 27 74, AF Giles (Warwickshire) 31 37, D Gough (Essex) 33 131, SJ Harmison (Durham) 25 16, GO Jones (Kent, wkt) 28 5, A McGrath (Yorkshire) 28 13, VS Solanki (Worcestershire) 28 21, AJ Strauss (Middlesex) 27 11, ME Trescothick (Somerset) 28 85.

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