Yorkshire dominate EPP squad
Paceman Ajmal Shahzad is one of four Yorkshire players selected in the England Performance Programme squad.
Last Updated: 23/09/10 3:52pm
Ajmal Shahzad is one of four Yorkshire players selected in the England Performance Programme (EPP) squad - but there is no place for county colleague Adil Rashid.
Paceman Shahzad was tipped as a possible member of the Ashes touring party but missed out on a place in the final 16-man squad.
He instead will be Down Under with the EPP, where he will be joined by county captain Andrew Gale, wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow and batsman Adam Lyth, who was the first man to reach 1,000 first-class runs in 2010.
However Rashid is a notable absentee from the list, despite a fine season for Yorkshire that saw him claim 57 wickets in first-class cricket.
Instead off-spinner James Tredwell of Kent and Hampshire's young left-armer Danny Briggs are the two slow bowlers selected.
Hampshire's opening duo of Jimmy Adams and Michael Carberry and James Hildreth of Somerset are all included after productive seasons with the bat.
The England Performance Programme will be based in Brisbane from November 13 and will play a four-day match against a Queensland XI which gets under way on November 25.
They will then move on to Perth on November 29 to play a Western Australia XI from December 7-10. They will remain in Perth for the lead up to the third Ashes Test before returning home on December 16.
"The England Performance Programme provides an excellent opportunity for those players identified as having considerable talent to train together in an England environment throughout the winter and further develop as cricketers," David Parsons, ECB Performance Director, said.
"The time spent at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough and Australia allows our National Lead Coaches to work intensively with the players and assess their readiness to graduate to the full England side when the opportunity arises.
"It has been very pleasing to see the likes of Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, Steven Finn and Steven Davies who have all spent time on the programme in recent years, go on to play important roles for England."
England Performance Programme squad:
Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Maurice Chambers (Essex), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Andrew Gale (Yorkshire), James Hildreth (Somerset), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Adam Lyth (Yorkshire), Liam Plunkett (Durham), Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Taylor (Leicestershire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)