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Tuesday, 30 September 2008

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Having already drawn the sting from their latest squad announcement by announcing that Michael Vaughan would be excluded from the Test team for India the England selectors have settled the one remaining question - who would take Vaughan's place - in favour of Owais Shah. Shah was competing against Ravi Bopara for the final batting spot in the squad.
 
"Our decision to pick Owais Shah was based on the fact that he is an excellent player of spin who played a superb innings in India on his Test debut two years ago," said national selector Geoff Miller, "It's a further opportunity for him to build on his success with the one-day side this year and his inclusion in the squad will create real competition for places within the batting unit."
 
Graeme Swann is the only uncapped player in the squad, providing a second spinning option behind Monty Panesar. Both Tim Ambrose and Matt Prior have been included, with Miller refusing to comment whether one or the other was the leading contender for the Test wicketkeeping position.
 
England will play two Tests in India after the conclusion of a seven match one-day series.
 
The selectors also announced the England Development squad, which will also be touring India this winter. The most surprising inclusion is Middlesex's Dawid Malan, the 21-year-old South African who rose to prominence with his violent batting in this year's Twenty20 Trophy. Adil Rashid is also included, while there are returns to the England fold for Saj Mahmood and Liam Plunkett. The notable omission is James Foster, who many touted as an outside pick for the full Test squad.
 
England Test squad to play India in Ahmedabad (Dec 11-15) and Mumbai (Dec 19-23): Kevin Pietersen, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Monty Panesar, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, Tim Ambrose.
 
England's 15-man performance squad to tour India this winter: T Bresnan, M Davies, SM Davies, JL Denly, RH Joseph, RWT Key, A Khan, SI Mahmood, DJ Malan, EJG Morgan, SC Moore, LJ Plunkett, A Rashid, OP Rayner, IJL Trott.

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