Matt Prior’s been discarded like a greasy pizza box. That’s fair considering his erratic wicketkeeping, but harsh for a man averaging 40 in Test cricket.
Tim Ambrose of Warwickshire is his replacement and you’d imagine he’d be in the first XI ahead of Phil Mustard, who’s still providing back-up. It seems strange to us that the second wicketkeeper on a tour isn’t actually the second choice. It’s all very political and a bit stupid really.
Andrew Strauss is back, having proved his return to form by catching a flight to New Zealand. Ravi Bopara’s out, which will necessitate some arduous editing of something we wrote for while we’re away next week. The title will have to change for one. The words ‘Ravi Bopara’ will have to be removed.
James Tredwell replaces Monty Panesar in the one-day squad. Monty’s going for a bit of remedial work with the England Lions who are touring India under the captaincy of Mike Yardy.
If you don’t know Tredwell, he’s an off-spinner, he looks like your mate’s mate from when he was at university and Rob Key rates him, which is all we need to know.