Bopara covers Trott absence
The England selectors today named a 13-man squad for the third npower Test against India at Edgbaston starting on Wednesday.
Essex's Ravi Bopara, who has played 10 Tests for England, with his last appearance at Test level coming in August 2009, has been included in the squad, while Jonathan Trott has been omitted as he continues his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury sustained during the second Test.
Middlesex pace bowler Steven Finn, who was called up on the eve of the previous Test as cover for Chris Tremlett, is also included in the squad. The rest of the squad remains unchanged.
England national selector Geoff Miller said: “We have seen some very pleasing performances during the first two npower Test matches but there is still plenty more to do in this series and the squad and management will be determined to carry the momentum from recent weeks through to the remaining two Tests and push for a comprehensive series victory.
"Ravi Bopara comes in for Jonathan Trott, who is continuing his rehabilitation from his shoulder injury.
“Chris Tremlett is recovering well from the back spasms that ruled him out of the second Test and, although we are expecting him to be fully fit ahead of Wednesday, we felt it was prudent to include an extra seam bowler at this stage, meaning Steven Finn comes into the squad.”
England squad - 3rd npower Test
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
Chris Tremlett (Surrey)