It was England’s
first tour of India
for nine years.
The touring party had just been announced when the 11 September terrorist
attack in New York
occurred. Jagmohan Dalmiya, new President of the Indian Board, threatened
that, if Nasser Hussain’s team opted out of their tour of India the next month, India might boycott their return trip to England in
2002. But this was a minority view.The players were offered the chance to skip the tour without
recriminations if they and their families wished.
The tour continued despite an
attack on the Indian parliament by suspected militants in mid-December.
without recently retired Michael Atherton and the experience of Alec Stewart
to open the innings, Stewart having been accused of dealing with illegal
Indian bookmakers which he strenuously denied. Also staying at home were
bowlers Darren Gough, who had previously requested rest, and Robert Croft and
Andy Caddick, who elected not to tour for family reasons.
The first Test ended in a heavy defeat by ten wickets, although England had
the better of the next two drawn matches. Hussain’s strategy of restricting
Tendulkar with leg-side bowling at Bangalore
caused controversy but proved effective. In the end the Test series was lost.
The players then went home for Christmas and returned to India in January for a limited-overs series of
six one-day matches before flying on to New Zealand for a further tour.
Slow bowlers: Martyn Ball, Richard Dawson,
bowlers:Matthew Hoggard, Jimmy
Ormond, Richard Johnson.
Nasser Hussain (Essex), Michael
Atherton (Lancashire), Andrew Caddick (Somerset), Dominic Cork (Derbyshire),
Ashley Giles (Warwickshire), Darren Gough (Yorkshire), Matthew Hoggard (Yorkshire),
Alec Stewart (Surrey), Graham Thorpe (Surrey), Marcus Trescothick (Somerset),
Michael Vaughan (Yorkshire), Craig White (Yorkshire)
M C J
R K J Dawson
M E Trescothick
M P Vaughan
for the limited-overs matches
J N Snape(Gs)
Gs - Gloucestershire (1)
La - Lancashire
Nt - Nottinghamshire (1)
Sm - Somerset (2)
Sy - Surrey
Wk - Warwickshire (1)
Yo - Yorkshire
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(3 December 2001):
28 yrs1 month
29 March 2001 the ECB named players with six-month central contracts:
ODIChosen for the six one-day matches on return to India in
David Graveney (chairman), Duncan Fletcher (coach), and Nasser Hussain (captain)
Not available:Michael Atherton (announced
retirement); Darren Gough (said he needed a winter’s break) and Alec Stewart
Tour Party Announced:28 August 2001.
Craig White (knee) and Ashley Giles (achilles) were selected
subject to fitness tests. Jimmy Ormond
was later required to take a fitness test on his knee.
Not selected:Dominic Cork.
players - Caddick, Croft, Giles, Trescothick and White - had expressed doubts
about whether to tour because of the tensions in the region after the 11
September attacks. On 30 October Caddick and Croft pulled out of the tour and
were replaced by Martyn Ball and
Limited-overs tour squad named:3 January 2002
Andy Caddick. Paul
Collingwood, Darren Gough, Ben Hollioake, Nick Knight, Owais Shah and Jeremy
Snape were added to the team. Craig White was not available as he was having
surgery on his knee.
Time between selection and departure from England
(28 August - 14 November)
On 14 November flew from London’s Heathrow Airport
on a BA flight and landed at Chatrapati
Airport, Mumbai, at
midnight amid tight security.
Time spent in India
63 days(39 + 24 )
November -24 December)
January - 4 February)
Nasser Hussain and Duncan Fletcher.
Flintoffwas drafted in from the England Academy after the start of the tour.
Graham Thorpewent home for personal reasons before the
second Test without replacement. In the New Year he was able to rejoin his England team
mates for the one-day series
The Test tour ended on 24 December. England
returned to India in
January for the one-day matches and flew on to New Zealand for a further tour
agreed to add a sixth one-day international to the original five planned