Stuart Broad has kept his place in England’s Test squad while Tim Bresnan has been recalled ahead of Steven Finn for the opening match against India, at Lord’s, on July 21.
It appears to be a straight shoot out between Broad and Bresnan for a place in the final XI.
Bresnan missed the chance to build on his successful winter after he was sidelined by the recurrence of a calf injury at the start of the season, but it was clear how highly he is rated by the England set-up after they drafted him straight back into the one-day side for the Sri Lanka series after only playing two Yorkshire games.
“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,” Geoff Miller, the national selector, said. “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.”
Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan