READ NOT GIVING UP ON ENGLAND
Despite scoring 659 first-class runs at an average of 43.93 so far thisseason, Read has been dumped into the National Academy by the Englandselectors who have instead chosen Sussex stumper Matt Prior as deputyfor Geraint Jones.
Said Read: ?I?m disappointed not to be picked because on the wickets inPakistan the quality of your wicketkeeper becomes more of an issue,which I thought might get me on the plane.
?When you add in the possibility of people dropping out from teams atthe last minute, which can happen on the sub-continent, I felt therewas a chance of playing Test cricket again.
?It wasn?t to be and all I can do is keep on scoring runs andperforming behind the stumps for Notts. Winning the Championship hasdefinitely helped relieve the disappointment and I would love to beable to help the team retain the title next year.?
The 27-year-old has been placed on a reserve list by the selectors andwill be attending the Academy at Loughborough to keep fit, while Priorand Jones fly to Pakistan at the end of October.
England Chairman of Selectors David Graveney said: ?The selectors wereaware of the credentials of Chris Read, Matt Prior and James Foster.
?Matt Prior has been a part of the One-day squad before and we feelthat he is the best candidate to understudy Geraint Jones on this tour.?
Prior is currently averaging 33.52 with the bat while Jones finishedthe season with an average of only 23.57 for England and Kent, withjust one 50.
Read also leads both on dismissals with 61 catches and two stumpings this season.
Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: ?England have made it clear toChris that volume of runs will merit selection so he knows what heneeds to do.
?We?re very pleased to have the best wicketkeeper in the countryplaying for us and we all hope he can force his way back into theEngland team soon.?