23 Jun 2009

Vaughan, Harmison left out of England's pre-Ashes squad

6:35 am on 23 June 2009

The chances of the former England cricket Michael Vaughan and fast bowler Steve Harmison playing in this year's Test series against Australia have faded after they were left out of a 16-man pre-Ashes squad.

Vaughan was captain in 2005 and Harmison also played a key role as England won the Ashes at homel.

The recovering all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was included along with pace bowler Ryan Sidebottom.

Flintoff is making his way back after a knee operation and will return for England in a warm-up match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston from July 1 to 3 before the series starts in Cardiff on July 8.

The squad is: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Adil Rashid, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann.