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Vaughan omitted from Windies tour

The former captain Michael Vaughan is left out of the England squad to face West Indies but remains in contention for next year's Ashes series.

LONDON // The former captain Michael Vaughan has been left out of the England squad to face West Indies but remains in contention for next year's Ashes series against Australia. "Michael Vaughan has not yet had an opportunity to prove his form in order to be considered for selection for the Test side," the national selector Geoff Miller said. "He does, however, remain very much in our thoughts as we continue to plan for the (Ashes).

"He will play a full part in Yorkshire's preseason programme which will include a tour to Dubai and we will continue to monitor his form closely once the domestic season begins in April." The left-arm pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom does return to the squad for the four Tests and five one-day internationals (ODIs) in West Indies starting in February, after missing the India series with a side injury.

"We are pleased to welcome Ryan Sidebottom back to both squads now that he is fully recovered from injury," Miller said. The uncapped leg-spinner Adil Rashid is in the Test squad and the all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas is back in the ODI squad. "(Rashid) 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," Miller said. "Dimitri Mascarenhas has performed well for England before in the shorter form of the game and we feel that his experience will serve the team well in the Caribbean."

Kevin Pietersen, Tim Ambrose, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Matt Prior, Adil Rashid, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss, Graeme Swann. One-Day Squad: Kevin Pietersen, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Steven Davies, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Ryan Sidebottom.