Surrey's Stuart Meaker is selected for England's tour of India

Stuart Meaker
Meaker was born in South Africa in January 1989

Surrey fast bowler Stuart Meaker is a surprise selection for England's limited-overs tour of India.

The Natal-born paceman, 22, took 44 County Championship wickets in 2011, while James Anderson has been rested.

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Meaker said: "It's a very proud day for me. This has been something I've been looking forward to since playing for Surrey as a young man."

The party will fly out on 3 October to play five one-day internationals and a single Twenty20 match.

Yorkshire's Jonny Bairstow, Scott Borthwick (Durham) and all-rounder Chris Woakes (Warwickshire) have been called up, while Jos Buttler (Somerset) and Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire) will join the squad ahead of the Twenty20 match in Kolkata.

Durham's Ben Stokes, 20, has not been selected in order to undergo rehabilitation on a finger injury.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler, 21, and right-hander Hales, 22, made their England debuts in the Twenty20 match against India in August.

Spinner Borthwick, 21, made his England bow in Sunday's Twenty20 defeat against the West Indies at the Oval, while all-rounder Woakes, 22, has been around the England set-up longer after making his one-day debut in January 2011 against Australia.

Yorkshire wicketkeeper Bairstow, 21, the son of former England player David Bairstow, made an impressive first appearance for England against India on 16 September, hitting 41 off just 21 balls.

On his call-up Meaker said: "I wasn't expecting it so soon. It was definitely in my sights in the near future, it just happened to come sooner than I thought.

"I've been given a chance to show what I have got. I'll work very hard when I'm out there and hopefully they will see that hard work and it will give them confidence to potentially give me a game.

On what he can bring to the squad, the Surrey man added: "I'm lucky because I've got a great deal of natural pace, just in the way I bowl and my action. In one-day cricket, I've worked hard at my variations.

"I've got a couple of slower balls which will hopefully come into play on the sub-continent."

On Meaker's call-up, Surrey manager Chris Adams, told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's not a surprise that Stuart's been selected. He's dynamic and bowls extremely quickly. He's similar in style to a young Darren Gough.

"He's got an almost perfect action for a fast bowler and his ability to reverse swing is possibly one of the reasons why he's been called up."

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National selector Geoff Miller said: "This squad contains an exciting balance of experienced international cricketers along with some very talented youngsters who can play the high-quality limited-overs cricket needed to challenge India."

England squad: Alastair Cook (capt, Essex), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Scott Borthwick (Durham), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Samit Patel (Notts), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Graeme Swann (Notts), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire). For T20 fixture only: Jos Buttler (Somerset), Alex Hales (Notts)

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