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Napier gets England Twenty20 call


Essex and Mumbai Indians batsman Graham Napier has been named in the 15-man squad for England's World Twenty20 campaign.

The uncapped 29-year-old is joined in the squad by fellow limited-overs star and former Irish international Eoin Morgan of Middlesex.

The selectors have opted for a mixture of Twenty20 specialists and senior centrally-contracted players, captained by Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood.

Wicketkeeper James Foster of Essex is picked for his batting form in Twenty20 matches, ahead of Test and one-day incumbent gloveman Matt Prior who misses out, while England Lions and Kent captain Rob Key also gets the nod.

However, England veterans Ian Bell and Steve Harmison have failed to make the cut after being named in the 30-man provisional squad last month.

Andrew Flintoff is named despite being out after undergoing knee surgery recently, while fellow IPL players Kevin Pietersen and Owais Shah are also included.

Full 15-man England squad for World Twenty20:

Paul Collingwood (Durham, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
James Foster (Essex)
Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire)
Robert Key (Kent)
Dimitri Mascarenhas (Hampshire)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Graham Napier (Essex)
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire)
Owais Shah (Middlesex)
Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)

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