England Pen Pictures
Nasser Hussain (Essex, capt) Age 33 ODI 50
Injuries have prevented the captain from taking his place in the side for 13 of the last 21 ODIs played by England. He has been missed for his runs, his fielding and for his leadership qualities. Available for the series in Zimbabwe, he could well be instrumental in turning his team's fortunes around. Talking of fortune, a little bit of luck with the toss would not go amiss.
Paul Collingwood (Durham) Age 25 ODI 4
Did not find the transition from county to international cricket easy, but undoubtedly is a talented player who should be able to step up in different circumstances to the difficult circumstances in which he invariably found himself in last summer. He will be hoping to impress with the bat and with his medium pace bowling, and will be a key player when it comes to uplifting standards in the field.
Andrew Flintoff (Lancashire) Age 23 ODI 23
Looks to be in good shape, barring an injured thumb that should be fine for the ODIs. A fit "Freddie", able to bowl effective medium pace (and sometimes considerably quicker) and score runs more destructively than almost any other Englishman, would be a huge asset to the side. He has done it before and everyone will be hoping he does it again consistently
James Foster (Essex) Age 21 ODI 0
Impressed both behind and in front of the stumps on last winter's A tour to the Caribbean, now he has a golden opportunity with the first team. As the only recognised wicket-keeper in the party, he should have every chance to become the established number one in line to replace Alec Stewart.
Paul Grayson (Essex) Age 30 ODI 1
His one ODI appearance came virtually after he had just stepped off a plane in Kenya during the ICC Knockout. The fact that he did not take a wicket and got a first ball was, therefore, hardly surprising, but he has enjoyed an outstanding county season and could prove to be a shrewd selection as a limited-overs left-arm spinner who is capable of big scores.
Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire) Age 24 ODI 0
One of the more highly-rated young pace bowlers in the country. He impressed with limited opportunities on last winter's tour and, having overcome an injury to his foot that curtailed his international appearances in the summer, could take what should be more extended chances this time around.
Ben Hollioake (Surrey) Age 23 ODI 13
An elegant talent waiting to be fulfilled. Seems to have been around for much longer than his 23 years suggests, but had a two-year absence from the international scene before making a useful return last summer. A brilliant fielder, as his batting becomes more reliable as opposed to spectacular, his bowling could mature as well.
James Kirtley (Sussex) Age 26 ODI 0
Made a distinct impression as a hostile bowler on the 1996/7 England tour of Zimbabwe, but then he was playing for Mashonaland against England. He has forced his way into the side for the very best of reasons, namely weight of wickets during the season just passed.
Nick Knight (Warwickshire) Age 31 ODI 60
Even when things were not going well for England in the NatWest series last summer, he stood out as a reliable force able to amend his approach as the situation demanded. He can either be the lynch pin of the innings or, more likely, go after the bowling with great effect. Equally versatile in the field; a fine catcher and one of the best ground-fielders around.
Mark Ramprakash (Surrey) Age 32 ODI 13
It is three years since he played in an ODI, but in the intervening years has matured into a batsman of true international class. His confidence should be high, having scored a memorable century in the Oval Test at the end of the summer, he is another who belies the claim that England are some way off the pace in the fielding department.
Owais Shah (Middlesex) Age 22 ODI 5
The Middlesex youngster looked totally at ease when making his international debut last summer against Australia and Pakistan. He had performed equally well on his first A tour when still at school, and then again when captaining England to world cup success at Under 19 level. This tour presents him with the chance to cement his place in the side and return to world cup duty in South Africa, this time in 2003 at senior level.
Ryan Sidebottom (Yorkshire) Age 23 ODI 0
Easily identifiable with a shock of flowing locks, he has the advantage of adding variety to the attack by being a left-arm seamer. His failure to take a wicket on his test debut was probably due to trying just a little too hard, so keen was he to succeed. This trip might give him the chance to do just that.
Chris Silverwood (Yorkshire) Age 26 ODI 6
Makes a habit of coming into senior sides as a replacement. He has left two A tours to join the senior squad and gets the chance that he deserves now through injury to James Ormond. No lack of pace, consistent, and could well have been an original selection after a good season with CricInfo champions Yorkshire.
Jeremy Snape (Gloucestershire) Age 28 ODI 0
His county have been acknowledged as the one-day kings of late, and he has been at the centre of their success. His off-breaks have been crucial to many of Gloucestershire's victories, while he averaged over 30 in one-day cricket with the bat last summer. His place in the side might depend on whether England want a spinner who can bat or a batsman who can bowl spin. They might find room for both.
Graham Thorpe (Surrey) Age 32 ODI 63
Now that he has recovered from the hand injury that so disrupted what could have been the summer of his life, he came back into consideration when original selection Craig White was forced out by an injury of his own. A world-class batsman in both Test and one-day cricket, he will be welcomed back by his colleagues as a left-handed bat and excellent fielder.
Marcus Trescothick (Somerset) Age 25 ODI 21
Now an established member of the side as an opening batsman, it has been only just over a year that he has been in the team. Once he got in, such was his composure that everyone asked why he had not been seen in the international arena before. If he and Nick Knight get going together at the top of the order, the run rate should not be a problem. Can also bowl some medium pace.