DURHAM spinner Scott Borthwick was yesterday included in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 championship in September.
But all attention focussed on the absence of Kevin Pietersen, whose on-off limited-overs retirement seems set to remain on.
The mercurial batsman could yet conceivably be shoehorned back into England’s defence of their Twenty20 crown, but his representatives appear to have accepted yesterday’s announcement of a preliminary 30-man squad as the end of the road.
At the start of theirs in international cricket, young Yorkshire batsman Joe Root and Lancashire’s Steven Croft were notable inclusions in a list also containing England limited-overs captain Alastair Cook and Test wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
The selection of Borthwick is a boost for the Wearsider, who has not had an easy or greatly successful season so far as Durham have struggled through the bad weather.
England’s provisional 30-man squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in September: Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire) (Capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Gareth Batty (Surrey), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Alastair Cook (Essex), Steven Croft (Lancashire), Steven Davies (Surrey), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Michael Lumb (Nottinghamshire), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Matt Prior (Sussex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).