England leave out Vaughan
England have resisted the temptation to recall Michael Vaughan for the tour of the West Indies.
Last Updated: 30/12/08 8:52am
England have resisted the temptation to recall Michael Vaughan for the forthcoming tour of the West Indies.
The ex-England captain has scored just 43 runs in the last five months, but had looked set to return in preparation for the 2009 Ashes series.
But despite being awarded a central contract by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the 34-year-old batsman has been left out again after missing the tour of India.
Owais Shah will instead challenge Ian Bell for the number three role in the Caribbean, while seamer Ryan Sidebottom is also named in the 16-man squad after missing the India series with a side injury.
There is also a place for young Yorkshire leg-spinner Adil Rashid and while excited about the squad's prospects, ECB selector Geoff Miller is not ruling out a return for Vaughan in the future.
"Michael Vaughan has not yet had an opportunity to prove his form in order to be considered for selection for the Test side," Miller said.
"He does, however, remain very much in our thoughts as we continue to plan for the Ashes Test series against Australia later this summer.
"Despite losing the Test series in India 1-0, we felt the team performed creditably against strong opposition and all the players originally chosen for that series have been retained in the squad.
"Adil Rashid was added to the Test squad for the India tour and we have again included him in the party to tour West Indies. He is an exciting prospect for the future and his inclusion will enable us to continue to monitor his development closely as well as providing extra competition for places in the spin-bowling department."
Paceman Steve Harmison will also tour despite being dropped for the second Test in Mohali and he is now set to return to the site of his 2004 heroics, where he established himself as the world's best fast bowler with seven wickets for 12 runs in a blistering spell at Sabina Park.
And fittingly the first of the four Tests begins at that very venue on February 4.
England Test squad: Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire, capt), Tim Ambrose (Warwickshire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire), Steve Harmison (Durham), Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Andrew Strauss (Middlesex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)