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  Monday, 2 December, 2002, 14:31 GMT
Hollioake in line for recall
Adam Hollioake (left)
Hollioake's World Cup hopes have been boosted
The England career of former captain Adam Hollioake will be resurrected if Andrew Flintoff fails to come through a practice match in Perth.

Flintoff, who has not featured in any of the three Ashes Tests, has been included in the 15-man squad for the one-day VB series.

But fellow all-rounder Hollioake will earn a long-awaited recall if Flintoff's troublesome groin flares up in the two-day match, which started on Monday.

"If Flintoff doesn't come through the game then Adam Hollioake will replace him for the matches leading up to Christmas time," chairman of selectors David Graveney told BBC Sport Online.

"We've only got a 15-man squad so the balance of the squad has got to be resolved."

Surrey skipper Hollioake, who captained England to one-day success in the Sharjah Cup in 1997, has not represented his country since May 1999.

With England to name their World Cup squad soon, the seemingly lost hopes Hollioake had of winning a berth have been given new life.

Steve Harmison and Robert Key have been named in the squad after encouraging performances during the Ashes Tests.

And the selectors have sprung a surprise by promoting uncapped Worcestershire seam bowler Kabir Ali from the Academy squad at the expense of Matthew Hoggard.

Seam bowler Kabir Ali
Ali's inclusion will delight Worcestershire fans

"We feel that our bowling in the latter stages of one-day games was a little stereotyped and we're just looking to see if we can get somebody in there who can be a little bit different to the bowlers we had," explained coach Duncan Fletcher.

"We want to have a look at players like Steve Harmison and Kabir Ali and see how they cope with bowling in the latter stages of games during the first half of this tournament."

Like Flintoff, Andy Caddick has been included despite his fitness doubts.

But batsman Michael Vaughan has been given a chance to rest knee and shoulder problems.

Yorkshire paceman Chris Silverwood is to fly home in the next few days after suffering torn ankle ligaments during the Test match in Perth.

England are hoping that involvement in the one-day game can help speed up the development of likes of Harmison and Key as Test cricketers.

"If you look at Vaughan, it opened up his cricket and he's been a lot more positive after playing one-day cricket," Fletcher added.

They have three warm-up games before the first one-day international, on 13 December.

England will play New South Wales on Friday, Australia A next Sunday, and an Australian Prime Minister's XI on 10 December.

Those members of the Test squad not included in the one-day party will remain in Perth to prepare for the resumption of the Ashes series on Boxing Day.

Australia, meanwhile, have named a 12-man squad for the first two VB Series games, skippered by star batsman Ricky Ponting.

It includes batsman Michael Bevan and young all-rounder Shane Watson.


England squad: N Hussain (Essex, capt), Kabir Ali (Worcestershire), I Blackwell (Somerset), A Caddick (Somerset), P Collingwood (Durham), A Flintoff (Lancashire), S Harmison (Durham), R Irani (Essex), R Key (Kent), J Kirtley (Sussex), N Knight (Warwickshire), O Shah (Middlesex), J Snape (Leicestershire), A Stewart (Surrey, wkt), M Trescothick (Somerset), C White (Yorkshire).

Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist (vice-captain), Michael Bevan, Andy Bichel, Jason Gillespie, Matthew Hayden, Brett Lee, Darren Lehmann, Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Shane Watson.

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