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No shocks in Stanford squad

Steve Harmison and Ryan Sidebottom have been included in England's 15-man squad for the Stanford Super Series, but there is no room for any Twenty20 specialists.

The selectors have opted to reward those who performed so well in the 4-0 win over South Africa for the trip to Antigua, as well as the one-day series against India that follows on.

That means the likes of Graham Napier, James Foster and Joe Denly, all stars in domestic Twenty20 this summer, have been overlooked.

England face Trinidad & Tobago and Middlesex before the $20 million winner-takes-all showdown with the Stanford All-Stars on November 1.

"The selectors would like to congratulate the team on an outstanding performance in beating such a talented one-day side as South Africa so comprehensively," National Selector Geoff Miller said.

"It bodes extremely well for the tough challenges that lie ahead this winter and is reflected in our decision to retain the bulk of the squad from this summer's NatWest Series for both The Stanford Super Series and the tour of India."

Sidebottom's selection is subject to fitness after the Nottinghamshire left-armer missed the recent NatWest Series with a groin strain.

Yorkshire all-rounder Tim Bresnan faces an anxious wait as he has been placed on stand-by in case his former county colleague is ruled out.

Harmison's inclusion completes a remarkable comeback to the international scene since he was dropped during the Test series in New Zealand last winter.

Having played in the fourth Test against the Proteas at the Brit Oval, the Durham paceman was then persuaded to come out of one-day retirement.

He insisted his decision, which came after discussions with new captain Kevin Pietersen and coach Peter Moores, was not motivated by money.

Each player on the winning team will get $1 million, with the non-playing squad members sharing another $1million a piece. The coaching staff of the victors will also get $1million to split between them.

After the short trip to the Caribbean, England then head out to India for seven one-day internationals, the first of which gets underway on November 14 in Rajkot.

England squad for Stanford Super Series and ODI series in India:
Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire) capt, James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire) Stephen Harmison(Durham), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Matt Prior (Sussex) Owais Shah (Middlesex),Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).

source - skysports.com
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