England set for Antigua

(Cricinfo) England’s selectors have named a 15-man squad for the Stanford Super Series and the seven-match one-day tour of India that gets underway in November, with Ryan Sidebottom earning a recall after an injury disrupted season.

He comes in to replace Tim Bresnan in a squad that is otherwise unchanged from the team that defeated South Africa 4-0 in the recent NatWest Series.

And, in a separate announcement, England have unveiled their list of 12 centrally contracted players for the 2008-09 season, as well as a new seven-man Increment Contract list, tailored for those players who are regular squad members, if not guaranteed first-team players.

As widely anticipated, Matthew Hoggard – who has not played for England since the tour of New Zealand in March – is the most notable absentee from the senior contracts list. Stuart Broad, who replaced Hoggard in the team for the second Test of that series in Wellington and has been a notable performer with bat and ball ever since, has been rewarded for his efforts with his first full contract.

There are few surprises in the contracts list, although one man who will be relieved to feature is the former England captain, Michael Vaughan.

He has not played limited-overs cricket for more than a year and has been struggling for form in the first-class game as well. Nevertheless his retention is a reward for his diligent service as captain, and will be a significant boost to his morale ahead of next summer’s Ashes.

‘The award of an England central contract to Michael Vaughan reflects the selectors’ view that Michael still has a role to play in the England Test squad over the next 12 months,’ said the national selector, Geoff Miller. ‘As we build toward the Ashes in 2009, we feel that Michael’s experience of previous Ashes campaigns and his excellent personal record against Australia will be an important asset to the squad.’

Squad for Stanford and IndiaODIs: Kevin Pietersen (capt), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Samit Patel, Matt Prior (wk), Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom, Luke Wright

Central contracts: James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan.

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