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Taylor comes in for unavailable Bopara

Essex CCC

The England selectors today named a 13-man squad for the second Investec Test match against South Africa, commencing Thursday 2 August at Headingley Carnegie.

Selectors have made one change to the squad chosen for the first Test, with Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor called up as Ravi Bopara is unavailable for selection for personal reasons.

Taylor has yet to play a Test match for England, although the 22-year-old received his first international cap in 2011 in a one-day international against Ireland. Taylor made his England Lions debut in 2010 against Pakistan A.

James Taylor

Diminutive batsman James Taylor has been a regular for England Lions since his debut in 2010, captaining them during the last year

South Africa won the first Test in the three-match series by an innings and 12 runs.

National selector Geoff Miller said: "We were outplayed during the first Investec Test last week, but it is important that this squad regroups and focuses on preparing for the second Test. This is a talented squad with plenty of international experience and they will be determined to improve on the performance during the first Test.

"We have made one change to the squad with James Taylor replacing Ravi Bopara, who is unavailable for selection due to personal reasons. James has been part of the England Performance Programme for a number of years and has performed consistently for England Lions and now has an opportunity to step up and experience the Test environment.

"We have played a lot of good cricket over the last few years and it's important we remember that, learn from the mistakes that we made and retain the belief that we can level this series at Headingley."

England squad - second Investec Test

Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Graham Onions (Durham)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
James Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)

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