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9th September 2008

Harmison and Collingwood awarded England Central Contracts

The England selectors also announced that twelve players had been awarded 12-month central contracts for the period from 1 October 2008 to 30 September 2009. They are: James Anderson, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Stephen Harmison, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Ryan Sidebottom, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan.

National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: “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.

“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.

“With regard to the award of Central Contracts, I am delighted that Stuart Broad has won an England Central Contract for the first time. Stuart has made rapid progress over the past year and adapted extremely well to the challenges of both Test and One-Day International cricket.

“The award of an England Central Contract to Michael Vaughan reflects the selectors’ view that Michael still has a role to play in the England Test squad over the next 12 months.

“As we build toward the Ashes in 2009, we feel that Michael’s experience of previous Ashes campaigns and his excellent personal record against Australia will be an important asset to the squad. “

A further seven players have been awarded England Increment Contracts for the same period: Tim Ambrose, Ravi Bopara,  Samit Patel, Matthew Prior, Owais Shah, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.

Tour of India
Nov 6, 2008: England arrive in Mumbai 
Nov 9: One day warm-up match – Mumbai
Nov 11: One day warm-up match – Mumbai
Nov 14: 1st ODI v India – Rajkot
Nov 17: 2nd ODI v India – Indore
Nov 20: 3rd ODI v India – Kanpur
Nov 23: 4th ODI v India – Jamshedpur
Nov 26: 5th ODI v India – Cuttack
Nov 29: 6th ODI v India – Guwahati
Dec 2: 7th ODI v India – Delhi
Dec 5: 3 day warm-up match – Baroda
Dec 11: 1st Test v India – Ahmedabad
Dec 19: 2nd Test v India – CCI Mumbai