Patel and Tredwell earn England calls
Selectors today named the England Test squad for the forthcoming series against Sri Lanka.
England will play two three-day games in preparation for the two-Test series in Sri Lanka beginning on March 26.
Kent off-spinner James Tredwell, who has played one previous Test for England in 2010, returns to the 16-man squad, while Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel receives his maiden Test call-up.
While the main squad will depart for Sri Lanka on March 10, seven members of the squad will travel ahead of the main touring party to acclimatise and begin preparations for the Test series.
England batting coach Graham Gooch will lead the training camp involving Andrew Strauss, Ian Bell, Steven Davies, Monty Panesar, Patel, Matt Prior and Tredwell.
National selector Geoff Miller said: “We have selected a squad that we feel will be able to make best use of the conditions we are likely to encounter in Sri Lanka.
“There is no doubt that this Test series will be a challenging one but it is exciting that players have an opportunity to demonstrate that they have learnt from the disappointment of the Pakistan Test series and can make further strides in developing the skills needed to succeed on the sub-continent.”
England Test squad versus Sri Lanka:
Andrew Strauss (captain, Middlesex)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Ravi Bopara (Essex)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Alastair Cook (Essex)
Steven Davies (Surrey)
Steven Finn (Middlesex)
Monty Panesar (Sussex)
Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
March 15-17: Sri Lanka Board XI, Colombo
March 20-22: Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI, Colombo
March 26: 1st Test v Sri Lanka, Galle International Stadium
April 3: 2nd Test, P Sara Oval, Colombo