England name 12-man squad for first Test against India

Last Updated: Sun, Jul 17, 2011 11:36 hrs

The England selectors today named a 12-man squad for the first npower Test match against India at Lord's, commencing Thursday July 21.

Test captain Andrew Strauss will lead an England squad that includes Yorkshire paceman Tim Bresnan, who returns to the England Test squad for the first time since the 5th Ashes Test in Sydney in January.

The inclusion of Bresnan and the omission of Middlesex's Steven Finn is the only change to the England squad that won the recent npower Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0.

England national selector, Geoff Miller, said: "This is clearly a highly-anticipated series between two of the world's top Test playing nations and I know the England team is certainly looking forward to the challenge of taking on the number one ranked team in Test cricket.

"Following the successful Test and ODI series against Sri Lanka we're pleased to be able to include Tim Bresnan in the Test squad after his excellent return from a calf muscle injury. Tim adds further bite to our pace attack along with James Anderson, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Broad who has greatly benefitted from getting overs and wickets under his belt for Nottinghamshire during the week.

"Steven Finn has also benefitted from his time at county level in recent weeks and continues to press hard for Test selection. It's very pleasing to see the depth of quality around our bowling attack particularly with a challenging four-match Test series on the horizon."

The England squad is: Andrew Strauss (Middlesex) (Captain), James Anderson (Lancashire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Alastair Cook (Essex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Matt Prior (Sussex), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), Chris Tremlett (Surrey) and Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire). (ANI)

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