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Michael Carberry ruled out of England Performance tour

The Ashes: Australia v England
Test series dates: 25 November 2010 - 7 January 2011
Venues: Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne and Sydney
Coverage: Live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Test Match Special; live text commentary on BBC Sport website & mobiles; Also live on Sky Sports

Michael Carberry
England will be hoping Carberry's absence does not prove costly

England's Ashes plans have taken a dent after Michael Carberry was ruled out of the England Performance Programme (EPP) days before departing for Australia.

The 30-year-old Hampshire batsman is receiving treatment for blood clots and shortness of breath, which prevents him going on long-haul flights.

Selectors have chosen not to call up a replacement for Carberry at this stage.

The now 15-man EPP is in Australia until 17 December, touring in its own right and as back-up for the full team.

England's senior team are on tour in Australia until February and will play five Tests, seven one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games.


Opener Carberry is the most experienced batsman in the EPP, and with only Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook being the only recognised specialists openers in the senior squad, he could have played a vital role if either of them had become unavailable.

He was called up to the Test squad which toured South Africa last December and was selected for the Tour of Bangladesh in March 2010, making his one Test appearance so far in the opening Test, where he scored 30 and 34.

The EPP flies out to Australia on Friday and will initially be based in Brisbane.

The first match of their tour will be a four-day game against a Queensland XI (25-28 November) before they move to Perth on 29 November for a one-dayer against Western Australia on 3 December and a four-day game against a Western Australia XI on 7-10 December.

The touring party will remain in Perth for the lead-up to the third Ashes Test before returning home on 17 December.

England Ashes Test squad:
Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex), Alastair Cook (vice-captain, Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Steven Davies (wk, Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Monty Panesar (Sussex), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matt Prior (wk, Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire).

England performance programme squad (revised 9 November):
Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (wk, Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Andrew Gale (Yorkshire), James Hildreth (Somerset), Craig Kieswetter (wk, Somerset), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Leicestershire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

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Panesar & Tremlett in Ashes squad
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