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Jones, Anderson for Pakistan tour

September 19, 2005 17:37 IST

Fast bowler Simon Jones was named on Monday in England's squad to tour Pakistan next month subject to a fitness test on his injured right ankle.

Jones topped the England bowling averages with 18 wickets at 21 runs each in the 2-1 series victory over world number one side Australia this year. His ability to reverse swing the old ball would make him a key player on Pakistan's abrasive pitches.

He missed the final Test at the Oval because of the bone spur which may eventually require surgery.

"Simon Jones has been included in both squads subject to fitness," chairman of selectors David Graveney told a news conference. "He made an enormous contribution to our Ashes victory and we will continue to monitor his recovery from injury."

James Anderson was selected along with Chris Tremlett as the back-up seam bowlers, with Alex Loudon of Warwickshire and experienced Hampshire off spinner Shaun Udal supporting slow left-armer Ashley Giles.

The 36-year-old Udal played the last of his 10 one-day internationals in 1995. The 25-year-old Loudon has not played for England.

"In choosing our Test squad the area that involved the most discussion was the choice of spin bowlers," Graveney said.

"Shaun Udal is an experienced spinner and based on his performances this summer, we felt he merited selection ahead other candidates such as Gareth Batty, Richard Dawson and Graeme Swann."

Matt Prior was named as reserve wicketkeeper in both squads.

"With regard to the wicketkeeping position the selectors were aware of the credentials of Chris Read and James Foster," Graveney said. "Matt Prior has been part of the one-day squad before and we feel he is the best candidate to understudy Geraint Jones on this tour."

Veteran fast bowler Darren Gough was left out of the one-day squad at his own request to spend time with his family.

"Darren would like to make it clear that he has not decided to retire from one-day international cricket and the selectors fully understand his reasons," Graveney said.

Michael Vaughan will captain the squads for the first of two off-season tours which includes November Tests in Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore. England then play five one-day internationals before returning home prior to a tour of India in the new year.

Test squad: Michael Vaughan (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Stephen Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones, Simon Jones, Alex Loudon, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Andrew Strauss, Chris Tremlett, Marcus Trescothick, Shaun Udal

One-day squad: Michael Vaughan (captain), James Anderson, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Stephen Harmison, Geraint Jones, Simon Jones, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Liam Plunkett, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Chris Tremlett, Marcus Trescothick

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