England take Twenty20 Gamble
England have announced their 15-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa and have finally included Twenty20 specialists including all-rounder Darren Maddy.
Maddy is the most prolific run scorer in Twenty20 history
The 15-man squad, captained by Paul Collingwood, includes James Kirtley, Chris Schofield, Jeremy Snape and Vikram Solanki who all return to international cricket.
Luke Wright, the top scorer in this season's domestic Twenty20 competition with 346 runs at an average of 43.25, wins his first international call-up.
Andrew Flintoff is also included, subject to the Lancashire all-rounder making a full recovery from his recent ankle injury, along with Kevin Pietersen.
England's chairman of selectors David Graveney said: "Having reviewed the team's performances in the NatWest international Twenty20 matches against West Indies, the selectors felt it was necessary to include a number of players with greater experience of this format of the game in the squad to go to South Africa.
"The World Twenty20 tournament will be new ground for everyone and we feel that combining players with experience of one-day international cricket together with Twenty20 'specialists' will give us the best possible chance of success."
Chris Tremlett, Stuart Broad, Ravi Bopara, Ryan Sidebottom and Owais Shah and Matthew Prior complete the squad.
There is no place for Lancashire's Mal Loye, but Maddy wins his first international recall since the last of his eight one-day international caps against Zimbabwe in 2000.
Maddy has been a leading exponent of the short-fire game since Twenty20 was introduced
- last year he became the first player to score 1000 runs - and played a key
role in Leicestershire winning the domestic title in 2004 and 2006.
In the bowling stakes, Schofield topped the wicket-taking list in the domestic competition with 17, with a best of four for 12 against Sussex at Hove.
Schofield's inclusion completes a remarkable return to form for the leg-spinner, who was released by Lancashire in 2004 and spent a season in minor counties cricket before being signed by Surrey.
Snape was a bowling coach with England during the regular World Cup earlier this year, Solanki's last ODI was against Sri Lanka last year, and Kirtley's previous international action was a one-dayer in Guyana against West Indies in 2004.
Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Michael Yardy and James Anderson, who all featured in the Windies games, have been overlooked.
ICC World Twenty20 squad
Paul Collingwood (captain)