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Flintoff named in England squads

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National selector Geoff Miller explains one-day selections

All-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been named in all three England squads for the forthcoming limited-overs series.

Flintoff, 31, is named in the squad for the one-day international and Twenty20 series against Australia as well as the ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.

Paul Collingwood will lead England in an ODI against Ireland and the Twenty20 games before Andrew Strauss returns.

The squad contains just one uncapped player, Kent batsman Joe Denly, while the injured Kevin Pietersen misses out.

Fast bowler Steve Harmison and batsman Ian Bell are also omitted, while Alastair Cook, James Foster, Rob Key and Dimitri Mascarenhas are among others who have failed to make the cut from the provisional 30-man Champions Trophy squad announced in July.

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Flintoff, who will retire from Test cricket after the Ashes series, is also named in England's 14-man party to travel to Belfast for the Ireland one-day international, just three days after the conclusion of the decisive Ashes Test at The Oval.

England's busy itinerary then sees them face Australia in two Twenty20 internationals at Old Trafford before facing the same opposition in seven ODIs in the space of two weeks prior to the Champions Trophy.

Flintoff has been hampered by knee problems throughout the Ashes series, with the Lancashire all-rounder missing as Australia won the last Test at Headingley to level the series.

However national selector Geoff Miller insisted he remains a key member of the one-day squads, adding on BBC Radio 5 live: "He says he still wants to play one-day cricket and here is his opportunity.

"We appreciate he has a knee injury and we will monitor the situation game by game, but we want him included."

Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid, discarded Ashes batsman Ravi Bopara, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and batsman Owais Shah are also included in all three squads.

This is an excellent opportunity for Joe to step up to the next level and show what he is capable of

Geoff Miller

But Jonathan Trott, who is replacing Bopara for the final Ashes Test at The Oval, is only included in the Twenty20 squad.

"We have kept faith with the bulk of the squad which was successful in the NatWest Series against West Indies and also included two players, Luke Wright and Adil Rashid, who were part of our squad for the ICC World Twenty20," Miller added.

"Joe Denly has impressed the selectors for a while with some excellent performances in one-day cricket - and with Kevin Pietersen unavailable through injury, this is an excellent opportunity for Joe to step up to the next level and show what he is capable of."

Also named in the provisional Champions Trophy squad but omitted from the final 15 are Gareth Batty, Steven Davies, Ed Joyce, Michael Lumb, Sajid Mahmood, Graham Napier and Graham Onions.


England squad for one-day international v Ireland in Belfast on Thursday, 27 August:

PD Collingwood (Durham, captain), JM Anderson (Lancashire), RS Bopara (Essex), TT Bresnan (Yorkshire), SCJ Broad (Nottinghamshire), JL Denly (Kent), A Flintoff (Lancashire), EJG Morgan (Middlesex), MJ Prior (Sussex, wk), AU Rashid (Yorkshire), OA Shah (Middlesex), RJ Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), GP Swann (Nottinghamshire), LJ Wright (Sussex).

England squad for Twenty20 internationals v Australia at Old Trafford on Sunday, 30 August and Tuesday, 1 September:

Squad to face Ireland, plus IJL Trott (Warwickshire).

England squad for one-day international series against Australia (4-20 September) and the ICC Champions Trophy (22 September-5 October):

Squad to face Ireland, plus AJ Strauss (Middlesex) as captain.



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see also
Flintoff cleared for Ashes finale
10 Aug 09 |  England
Pietersen named in Trophy squad
24 Jul 09 |  England
Flintoff quits Tests after Ashes
15 Jul 09 |  Cricket
Collingwood accepts T20 captaincy
01 May 09 |  England
Strauss will miss World Twenty20
06 Apr 09 |  England
ICC Champions Trophy 2009 squads
25 Aug 09 |  Cricket
ICC Champions Trophy 2009
05 Oct 09 |  Cricket
Australia in England 2009
20 Sep 09 |  England


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