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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 May, 2005, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Tremlett wins England squad call
Chris Tremlett
Chris has started the season well with Hampshire
Chairman of selectors David Graveney
Hampshire seam bowler Chris Tremlett has been named in England's new 25-man development squad.

Tremlett, who stands 6ft 7ins tall, and Gloucestershire's Jon Lewis are the only players in the list without senior international experience.

Spin bowling all-rounder Graeme Swann was also included but there was no room for wicket-keeper Matt Prior.

The squad will be controlled by coach Duncan Fletcher and he will use it to select Test and one-day teams.

It includes the 12 centrally contracted players, other regular members of the England Test and one-day sides like Robert Key, Darren Gough and Kevin Pietersen, plus fringe players such as Chris Read and Ian Bell.

"What the introduction of a development squad will allow me to do is follow the progress of individuals from an earlier stage of their career and, in conjunction with the counties, assign specialist coaches where necessary to help develop their game," said Fletcher.

PLAYERS WITH CENTRAL CONTRACTS
Vaughan, Anderson, Butcher, Giles, Flintoff, Hoggard, Harmison, G Jones, S Jones, Strauss, Thorpe, Trescothick

"We will be working very closely with the county coaches in developing this concept, they will continue to work with the non-contracted players on a day-to-day basis and our primary aim is to support and build on what the counties are doing in preparing the next generation of England cricketers."

The selection of Tremlett ahead of rival candidates like Lancashire's Sajid Mahmood and David Harrison of Glamorgan puts him in line for a possible one-day debut this summer.

But it is extermely unlikely he will be given a chance in the Ashes Test series against Australia, unless England suffer a major injury crisis.

Tremlett, 23, comes from a cricketing family. His grandfather Maurice won three Test caps in the Caribbean in 1948 and his father Tim played for Hampshire from 1976 to 1991 before becoming the club's Director of Cricket.

"His style of hit-the-deck bowling can provide useful variation in any attack," said chairman of selectors David Graveney.

Swann, meanwhile, played a one-day international on the 1999-2000 tour to South Africa but did not do enough at that time to persuade Fletcher and the selectors he was ready for international cricket.

He attended the National Academy last winter, however, and put in some promising performances on the England A tour to the UAE and Sri Lanka.

"It's always good to have competition for places and at this stage we see Graeme as someone who can compete with Gareth Batty for the role of supporting Ashley Giles in the spin department," said Graveney.

Players not on the development squad list can still be selected for England.

"It's not a closed shop. It will still enable people who play outstandingly well during the summer to break in but we are limited to 25, as agreed by the First-Class Forum," Graveney told BBC Sport.

"It contains the elements of both our Test match and one-day team.

"As far as Matt Prior is concerned, given we only had 25 slots we could allocate, to go with three wicket-keepers would have doubled the cover in one spot.

"He is unlucky not to be in the group because he did really well during the winter and I've stressed to him that he is still very much part of our future plans," he added.

The development squad is part of the England and Wales Cricket Board's new four-year strategy, unveiled last month.

Like the centrally contracted players, the amount of matches played by the additional 13 can be limited by Fletcher, if he deems it necessary.

An an ECB statement made it clear, however, they do not expect it will lead to a "significant reduction" in the amount of county cricket they play.

England development squad: Michael Vaughan, Kabir Ali, James Anderson, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Mark Butcher, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Stephen Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones, Simon Jones, Robert Key, Jon Lewis, Kevin Pietersen, Chris Read, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Graham Thorpe, Marcus Trescothick, Alex Wharf.


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