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Last Updated: Monday, 6 August 2007, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
England name Twenty20 specialists
Darren Maddy is the most prolific run scorer in Twenty20 history
Maddy is the most prolific run scorer in Twenty20 history
England went for short-game specialists when they named their 15-man squad for next month's ICC World Twenty20 event.

James Kirtley, Darren Maddy and Chris Schofield return after lengthy absences, while Vikram Solanki and Jeremy Snape are also recalled.

Andrew Flintoff is back after ankle surgery and Luke Wright, the top scorer in domestic Twenty20 cricket this year, is the only uncapped man on the list.

England face Zimbabwe in their opening game on 13 September in Cape Town.


"The World Twenty20 tournament will be new ground for everyone and we feel that combining players with experience of one-day international cricket together with Twenty20 'specialists' will give us the best possible chance of success," said chairman of selectors David Graveney.

"We feel we have the right balance to put up a good show - the ability to attack the first six overs and enough batsmen in the hutch to get the maximum runs in the last five; lots of bowling options and a mobile team.

"We've probably played more domestic Twenty20 cricket than anybody. All the guys have had success at that game and we're leaning heavily on their experience.

"Jeremy Snape is regarded as the best slow bowler in a tight situation, Darren Maddy is successful at the top of the order, a good fielder and gives you bowling options, and James Kirtley is somebody who is highly regarded to bowl at the end of the innings.

"Chris Schofield is the most successful slow bowler and Luke Wright is a really exciting talent, he brings energy to the stage - and this is an energy game."

Warwickshire captain Maddy, who has scored more runs in Twenty20 than any other player, won the last of his eight one-day international caps in 2000.

He played a key role in Leicestershire winning the domestic title in 2004 and 2006 before joining the Bears.

Surrey leg-spinner Schofield, who slipped into minor counties cricket after playing in two Tests against Zimbabwe in 2000, was the leading wicket-taker in the domestic tournament this year.

I have just not stopped grinning - it was the best phone call I've ever had

Luke Wright

He was released by Lancashire in 2004 and turned out for Cheshire and Suffolk before a successful trial at Surrey at the end of last season.

"In cricketing terms I think Chris Schofield is one of the great stories to be told - the downward trend that happened having probably played for England too young and the way he has fought back as an individual," Graveney said.

Schofield explained: "It's been a bit of a rollercoaster. There was a point when nobody was coming in for me but I've done a lot of hard work on my bowling to get it right and I've had a lot of backing from the club.

"The confidence is there and I'm bowling well."

Snape, who was a bowling coach with England during the 50-over World Cup earlier this year, says the shortened format has rejuvenated his career.

"It suits my style and it's been a new challenge to work out gameplans and think our way around individual performances," he told BBC Radio Leicester.

"Most top performers will say that Twenty20 feels like it's in fast forward when you're in front of a huge crowd and dealing with pressure."

"The key is the ability to slow the game down in your own mind and always feel in control of the situation."

Solanki's last ODI was against Sri Lanka last year, and Kirtley's previous international action was a one-dayer in Guyana against West Indies in 2004.

"It has been a fantastic year for Sussex in Twenty20 and I am convinced it has been this strong team performance that has enabled Luke and I to be noticed by the England selectors," Kirtley said.

Wright added: "I have just not stopped grinning, it was the best phone call I've ever had. Telling my family, especially my dad, was a very special moment.

Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Michael Yardy and James Anderson, who all featured in the Windies games, have been overlooked.

England squad for ICC World Twenty20: Paul Collingwood (Durham, capt), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Stuart Broad (Leicestershire), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire), James Kirtley (Sussex), Darren Maddy (Warwickshire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (Sussex, wkt), Chris Schofield (Surrey), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Jeremy Snape (Leicestershire), Vikram Solanki (Worcestershire), Chris Tremlett (Hampshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).

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