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 David Graveney - “It is going to be hard to win four games in a row.”
 David Graveney - “Although we lost the series, there were some encouraging individual performances from players who are new to test cricket and we are keen to continue their development.”
 David Graveney - “Liam Plunkett has made a promising start to his international career and is an emerging player with great potential.”
 David Graveney - “Until they go through fitness tests it's impossible to know if they are totally right. If you remember, we all thought Simon Jones would be fit to play at the Oval and he didn't.”
 David Graveney - “Ian Blackwell has been placed on standby to join the Test squad if Ashley fails to recover from his injury in time prior to the tour.”
 David Graveney - “I hope Michael does get in. We have no input into it but I was disappointed Duncan Fletcher missed out as he is coach of the second-best side in the world.”
 David Graveney - “We also look forward to England A hosting Pakistan at Canterbury later in the summer. They will become an important yardstick for the selectors in measuring how our best young players shape up against top quality opposition.”
 David Graveney - “Ian Blackwell is a talented player who performed well in the one-day series in Pakistan and this is a terrific opportunity for him to show that he can fulfil his potential against top class opposition.”
 David Graveney - “What he brings to the stage in terms of bowling, batting and fielding is exciting. He's a young guy, got plenty of talent and we're taking the opportunity of including a younger guy to learn as times goes on.”
 David Graveney - “The selectors also considered Alex for the Test squad - and although he's not been included on this occasion, he made a good impression in Pakistan and is one of a number of spin bowlers we have chosen on the A tour.”
 David Graveney - “People have a spring in their step. When you read that the TV ratings exceeded the final night of Big Brother, you know that you're heading in the right direction.”
 David Graveney - “They are always immaculately turned out no matter what circumstances.”
 David Graveney - “Simon is continuing to make progress in his recovery from injury and we will give him as much time as he needs in order to prove his fitness.”
 David Graveney - “Jon Lewis and Stuart Broad have both shown fine early-season form for their counties and I'm sure they will be keen to make the most of this opportunity against Sri Lanka.”
 David Graveney - “If he cannot tour it would be a big loss to us. But that is sport.”
 David Graveney - “James Anderson has big match experience with England and we feel that his inclusion in the squad will give the captain and coach another bowling option in the event of Simon Jones being unfit to play.”
 David Graveney - “In choosing our Test squad we wanted to show faith with the same group of players who have performed extremely well for England over the past two years. Although we lost the series, there were some encouraging individual performances from players who are new to Test cricket and we are keen to continue their development.”
 David Graveney - “He's a young guy who's got plenty of talent. There's no doubt that off spinners have got to do something different.”
 David Graveney - “Darren would like to make it clear that he has not decided to retire from one-day international cricket and the selectors fully understand his reasons.”
 David Graveney - “It is hugely to his credit that he took the initiative in approaching the selectors before Christmas to discuss how he could improve all aspects of his game and we are delighted with the progress he has made following his recent trip to Adelaide.”
 David Graveney - “I don't know what the situation is with the Australian team but they seem pretty settled. In the same way that there were plenty saying last summer that they did not want to be in the side that loses the Ashes, there'll be more wanting to be in the team that regains them. We are under no illusion about how determined Australia will be.”
 David Graveney - “How we're going to manage the players through all this is something we're going to have to talk about. We have to make sure that our key guys like Freddie are fit and raring to go for the Australia and World Cup legs.”
 David Graveney - “His figures may not always look as good as some of the other spinners around the world but he fulfils a crucial role in our attack.”
 David Graveney - “Darren asked the selectors not to consider him for the tour of Pakistan for personal reasons and we respected his wishes. With Liam Plunkett and James Anderson performing well in Pakistan and Simon Jones now available for selection again, the selectors feel the priority is for these players to gain as much experience of one-day cricket as possible ahead of the World Cup.”
 David Graveney - “With Liam Plunkett and James Anderson performing well in Pakistan, and Simon Jones now available for selection again, the selectors feel the priority is for these players to gain as much experience of one-day cricket as possible ahead of the World Cup and as a result Darren misses out.”

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