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Alastair Cook omitted from England World Twenty20 squad

Alastair Cook

England have named five uncapped players in a provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20.

Seamers Steven Finn, Peter Trego and Chris Woakes, batsman Michael Lumb and left-arm spinner David Wainwright have all received call-ups.

But there is no place for Alastair Cook, the man currently leading England's 50-over team in Bangladesh.

Paul Collingwood will lead the side in the Caribbean, with the tournament taking place between 30 April-16 May.

The final squad, which will be whittled down to 15 players, will be announced before the end of the month.

Asked about Cook's omission, national selector Geoff Miller said: "The message is that originally we said we didn't think Alastair was a Twenty20 player - and we still stick by that.

"He has to prove us wrong. He's played very well out here [in Bangladesh] - and if he can carry his career into that area then we'll reassess.

"But at the moment we don't see him as a Twenty20 player, and that's why he's not in."

There is strong competition for places as England continue their search for a first victory in an International Cricket Council multi-team event.

Miller added: "We have a number of young players knocking on the door, which underlines the depth in talent currently available, and I know all concerned will be hoping they make the final squad for what is a highly anticipated tournament.

"All players named have shown their ability in the shortest form of the game, and the selectors have some difficult decisions to make when reducing the squad to 15 players."

South Africa-born Hampshire batsman Lumb put himself in the reckoning with a match-winning, unbeaten half-century as England Lions snatched an unexpected Twenty20 victory against their seniors in Abu Dhabi two weeks ago.

He also scored a century in the second one-day game against Pakistan A last week.


Yorkshire's Wainwright too has put in some eye-catching performances in recent times for the Lions and Performance Squad teams.

James Anderson, currently sitting out England's tour of Bangladesh to aid his recovery from a knee injury, is in a squad which contains few surprises.

England provisional squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies (30 April-16 May):
P Collingwood (capt), J Anderson, I Bell, R Bopara, T Bresnan, S Broad, S Davies, J Denly, S Finn, C Kieswetter, M Lumb, S Mahmood, D Mascarenhas, E Morgan, G Onions, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, M Prior, A Rashid, O Shah, A Shahzad, R Sidebottom, G Swann, J Tredwell, P Trego, J Trott, D Wainwright, C Woakes, L Wright, M Yardy.

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ICC World Twenty20 2010 squads
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Pakistan A humble England Lions
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Lions defeat England in warm-up
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Hampshire's Lumb agrees IPL deal
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ICC World Twenty20 2010
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