Shah left stunned by shock omission

OWAIS SHAH yesterday admitted he felt hard done by at being left out of England&rsquo;s one-day squad for the winter tour of South Africa.<br /><br />The Middlesex batsman has been a mainstay of the one-day side for the past 12 months and helped England qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy just 12 days ago with a magnificent knock of 98 from 89 balls against the Proteas.<br /><br />But that still wasn&rsquo;t enough to earn the 30-year-old a second trip to South Africa with the returning Kevin Pietersen and recalled Jonathan Trott preferred, while selectors also handed opener Alastair Cook a one-day reprieve in place of out-of-form Ravi Bopara.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m extremely disappointed,&rdquo; Shah said. &ldquo;I thought I performed reasonably well in helping England get to the semi-final stage of the Champions Trophy.&rdquo;<br /><br />Asked if he thought he&rsquo;d done enough in the tournament to retain his place in the said, he replied: &ldquo;Yeah, I&rsquo;d have like to have thought so.<br /><br />&ldquo;I felt I was playing well &ndash; sure I didn&rsquo;t have a great series against Australia in the summer but I felt I was hitting the ball reasonably well.<br /><br />&ldquo;I felt really confident with my game, especially after performing against South Africa. Unfortunately, though, I&rsquo;ve missed out on the tour.&rdquo;