Both Murray brothers in GB team

Doubles specialist Jamie, who last played in the competition in 2011, was named in captain Leon Smith???s four-man team on Tuesday. The side also includes James Ward ??? expected to play singles alongside Andy ??? and another doubles expert, Dom Inglot.

Jamie Murray is currently GB???s number one doubles player after a strong start to the season which has seen him win an ATP title in Brisbane with his Australian partner John Peers. The duo also made the final in Rotterdam earlier this month.

Inglot, who played against the Americans when GB claimed a famous win against them in San Diego last year, is also recalled. He has made two ATP doubles finals this season and also knocked the likely American doubles pairing for the tie, Mike and Bob Bryan, out of the Australian Open last month.

Jamie Murray said: “I???m happy and proud to be back in the Davis Cup team.

“The last Davis Cup match I played back in 2011 was actually in Glasgow so I know from experience that the crowd will do a great job in getting behind the team. We???ll need every single one of them cheering for us as the Americans have an incredibly strong team, especially in the Bryan brothers who are the world number one pairing.

“That said, I played them at Queen???s and came away with the win and there is absolutely no reason that we can???t do the same again.”

Colin Fleming played in GB???s last tie, a defeat to Italy in last year???s World Group quarter-finals, but he is overlooked on this occasion, as is former Wimbledon champion Jonny Marray.

Smith???s decision to include two doubles specialists give him plenty of options for the crucial Saturday rubber. Andy would be in GB’s strongest pairing but faces the prospect of three best-of-five-set matches if he lines up on the second day.

Two singles victories for Murray will likely to be crucial to GB???s hopes of victory, while Smith will hope Ward can again contribute. His surprise victory over Sam Querrey in San Diego was a key component of last season???s success.

The captain described his team as “the strongest possible”.

“From a selection point of view we???ve been able to choose our strongest possible team which is of course spearheaded by Andy Murray who is significantly ahead of where he was 12 months ago. The tie will be a huge deal for him personally as he returns to play in Scotland for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2013.

“In James Ward we have somebody who has already proven himself against the US Davis Cup team, and I???d back him again to put in another excellent performance after some consistent recent form has seen him on the verge of cracking the top 100 for the first time.

“I???ve selected our top two doubles players in Jamie and Dom, and again they???ve showed real consistency this year to earn their place in the team. As a group, all the guys deserve this opportunity and I know we???re all excited to get together in Glasgow and get the tie under way.”

Rising star Kyle Edmund will also make the trip to Glasgow as a reserve. Changes to the team can be made up until the draw which takes place the day before the action gets under way.

The first-round tie takes place at the Emirates Arena from March 6-8.

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