Bresnan, Broad picked ahead of Finn for Lord’s test

LONDON, (Reuters) – Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan  were given the nod ahead of fellow paceman Steve Finn in  England’s 12-man squad for Thursday’s opening test of the  four-match series against India at Lord’s.

England’s new Twenty20 skipper Broad was dropped for the  fifth and final one-day international in the recent 50-overs  series against Sri Lanka after struggling to take wickets.

Bresnan returns to the test squad for the first time since  the final Ashes test in Sydney in January after recovering from  a calf muscle injury, the England Cricket Board (ECB) said in a  statement ahead of the sport’s 2,000th test match.

“This is clearly a highly anticipated series between two of  the world’s top test-playing nations and I know the England team  is certainly looking forward to the challenge of taking on the  number one ranked team in test cricket,” England national  selector Geoff Miller said.
“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.
“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.”

As well as the tests, India will play five ODIs and a lone  Twenty20 match during their two-month tour of England, who  started the summer with a 1-0 win over Sri Lanka in their  three-match test series before edging the one-dayers 3-2.

Squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell,  Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan, Kevin  Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan  Trott.

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