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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 January 2007, 12:16 GMT
Yardy chosen as England A skipper
Michael Yardy
Yardy has played five one-dayers and a Twenty20 match for England
Sussex all-rounder Michael Yardy has been named captain of the England A team for their tour to Bangladesh.

The appointment provides compensation for Yardy after he was left out of the senior squad for the forthcoming one-day series in Australia.

Yardy will lead a 14-man party featuring some interesting new names.

They include Middlesex batsman Nick Compton, the grandson of England legend Denis, and Yorkshire's teenage leg-spin prospect Adil Rashid.

Compton hit five centuries during the 2006 season, while Rashid, who has recently recovered from a stress fracture in his back, picked up 25 wickets in five Championship appearances and scored a century against India for the England under-19 team.

"It is testament to the hard work of our coaching staff that we have such a strong pipeline of talent emerging from our Academy and it is satisfying to see this being recognised by the ECB," Yorkshire chief executive Stewart Regan told the club's website.

"Obviously Adil is still recovering from a back injury right now but he will be bowling again in a couple of weeks time and I'm sure that this call-up will be a great incentive for him to get back to full fitness as quickly as possible."

Among the other new faces are Kent's Danish-born pace bowler Amjad Khan, who was granted British citizenship last month, and batsman Will Jefferson and Michael Carberry.

"The squad will also offer another chance to Alex Loudon and Tim Bresnan, who have both been in the England set up during the last 18 months," said National Academy director Peter Moores.

There is no room for Robert Key and Owais Shah, two of the most experienced members of the Academy squad which spent the first part of the winter training and playing games in Perth.

"Owais Shah and Robert Key remain very much in our thoughts and their non-selection reflects the fact that they have already had extensive experience of touring with England A and the National Academy squad and provides valuable opportunities for other players," explained chairman of selectors David Graveney.

Yardy, meanwhile, is relishing the prospect of his captaincy assignment.

"Obviously it was disappointing to be left out of the main party but I knew in India [at the Champions Trophy] there were areas of my game that I needed to improve.

"You have to take the positives out of everything and the A tour will give me the chance to work on it.

"You're lucky to get the chance to captain England at any level, whether it be under-12s or the full team, and this is a great opportunity for me to improve my game," he said.

England A squad: Michael Yardy (Sussex, capt), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Leicestershire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Nick Compton (Middlesex), Steve Davies (Worcestershire), Will Jefferson (Nottinghamshire), Amjad Khan (Kent), Alex Loudon (Warwickshire), Graham Onions (Durham), Mathew Prior (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Tom Smith (Lancashire).


Tour itinerary:

14 Feb - squad arrives in Dhaka
17-19 Feb - Warm-up match, Mirpur
22-25 Feb v Bangladesh A, Mirpur
28 Feb-3 Mar v Bangladesh A - SCS, Bogra
6 Mar v Bangladesh A - SCS, Bogra
9 Mar v Bangladesh A, Mirpur
11 Mar v Bangladesh A, Mirpur


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