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Fraser handed selection job

Middlesex director of cricket Angus Fraser has been confirmed as the third member of England's new-look selection panel.

Fraser will work alongside national selector James Whitaker and limited-overs coach Ashley Giles from the start of next month.

Their first task will be to pick a squad for the visit of Sri Lanka in May and June, which includes a NatWest International Twenty20, the five-match Royal London One-Day Series and Investec Test matches at Lord's and Headingley.

Fraser played 46 Tests and 42 one-day matches for England in an international career that spanned almost a decade as well as representing Middlesex between 1984 and 2002.

He said: "I am chuffed to be involved and am looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.

"As a player I always took great pride in representing England and I am delighted to be given another chance to contribute.

"Despite the doom and gloom after this winter's Ashes, I believe it's a really exciting time to be involved in the England set up.

"There is a real chance to create something and there are a lot of talented young cricketers within the county game. This new position will not affect my desire to turn Middlesex into the most competitive and respected club in the country."

Whitaker added: "I am delighted to welcome Angus Fraser on to the selection panel. Gus has been heavily involved in cricket for many years as a player and an administrator.

"He brings integrity and the wealth of knowledge that we will need as we look to identify the players across all formats who can thrive in the international environment."