Prior returns for World Cup
The England selectors today announced the final 15-man squad for the forthcoming ICC World Cup hosted in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, commencing February 19.
England national selector Geoff Miller said: "We believe we have selected an extremely exciting World Cup squad that offers balance with several options across the entire squad.
"With this tournament being staged on the sub-continent, the conditions will require a specific style of cricket and we feel that we’ve selected a squad that can prosper in these conditions.
"Under the leadership of Andrew Strauss we certainly feel we have a squad that can make strong progress in this World Cup as we seek to add to the success of ICC World Twenty20 from last year.
"Matt Prior returns to the England ODI squad after a brief absence and given his recent form and his batting style, which is very well suited to the sub-continent conditions, we believe his inclusion is warranted.
"Due to his inclusion in this World Cup squad Matt - who is currently representing Victoria in the Australian domestic Twenty20 competition - will join up with the England squad later this week ahead of the second ODI against Australia in Hobart on Friday.
"Despite some strong performances both with the bat and behind the stumps by Steven Davies, we feel that Matt’s game will be better suited to the conditions in Bangladesh and India, the venues staging England’s group matches.
"With spin bowlers set to play a prominent role in this World Cup, we feel we have quality and depth in Graeme Swann, Michael Yardy and James Tredwell, who have all shown their capabilities at international level.
"We have several batsmen and pace bowlers that have been successful on the ODI stage while offering an encouraging blend of conventional and innovative approaches.
"Paul Collingwood may not have scored as many runs as he would have liked so far on the tour of Australia but he has been a consistently strong performer for England in limited-overs cricket for a long period of time.
“His experience, ODI knowledge and skills across all three facets of the game make him a valuable member of the squad and he'll be looking to make a big impact at another global event.
"Stuart Broad continues to make strong progress in his rehabilitation from an abdominal injury and we expect him to make a full recovery by the time the squad departs for the sub-continent, which is a major boost given his quality with both ball and bat."
England 15-man ICC World Cup squad
Andrew Strauss (Middlesex, captain)
James Anderson (Lancashire)
Ian Bell (Warwickshire)
Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire)
Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire)
Paul Collingwood (Durham)
Eoin Morgan (Middlesex)
Kevin Pietersen (Surrey)
Matt Prior (Sussex)
Ajmal Shahzad (Yorkshire)
Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire)
James Tredwell (Kent)
Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire)
Luke Wright (Sussex)
Michael Yardy (Sussex)
England - Group B match schedule
February 22: England v Netherlands, VCA Stadium, Nagpur
February 27: England v India, Eden Gardens, Kolkata
March 2: England v Ireland, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
March 6: England v South Africa, M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
March 11: England v Bangladesh, ZACS, Chittagong
March 17: England v West Indies, M A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai