Strauss axed for England tour to Sri Lanka

LONDON, Oct 19, 2007 (AFP) – England opener Andrew Strauss has been dropped for his country’s forthcoming Test tour of Sri Lanka. England squad for Test series in Sri Lanka:
Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire, capt), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Paul Collingwood (Durham), Alastair Cook (Essex), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire), Philip Mustard (Durham), Monty Panesar (Northamptonshire), Kevin Pietersen (Hampshire), Matthew Prior (Sussex), Owais Shah (Middlesex), Ryan Sidebottom (Nottinghamshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire) Strauss was missing from the 15-man England squad named on Friday after a disappointing run of form, which saw him average just 27 over the last year.

The Middlesex batsman had been awarded a central contract recently but that was not enough to save his place in Michael Vaughan’s side for the three-Test series in December.

There was no place for Mark Ramprakash even though the Surrey batsman has averaged over 100 in county cricket for the last two seasons.

Four uncapped players, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Phil Mustard and Graeme Swa