England v India, 3rd Test, Edgbaston August 6, 2011

Bopara recalled for injured Trott

ESPNcricinfo staff

Essex's Ravi Bopara has been recalled to England's squad for the third Test against India at Edgbaston, starting on Wednesday, after Jonathan Trott failed to recover full fitness after landing heavily on his shoulder while fielding during last week's Trent Bridge Test.

Bopara, who played the last of his ten Tests against Australia in August 2009, was reportedly unlucky to miss out on selection against Sri Lanka earlier this season, after Eoin Morgan's 192 for the England Lions tipped the balance in his favour. He has been given his opportunity this time around, however, despite a strong challenge from the uncapped Leicestershire batsman, James Taylor, who made 98 for the Lions against Sri Lanka A at Scarborough on Friday.

"We have seen some very pleasing performances during the first two npower Test matches," said the national selector, Geoff Miller. "But there is still plenty more to do in this series and the squad and management will be determined to carry the momentum from recent weeks through to the remaining two Tests and push for a comprehensive series victory.

Also included in the 13-man squad is the Middlesex seamer, Steven Finn, who came in as cover on the eve of the Trent Bridge Test after Chris Tremlett succumbed to a back spasm. Though Tremlett is also retained in the squad, his replacement, Tim Bresnan, performed superbly in his absence, making a free-flowing 90 in England's second innings, and sealing the 319-run victory with career-best figures of 5 for 48.

"Ravi Bopara comes in for Jonathan Trott who is continuing his rehabilitation from his shoulder injury," confirmed Miller. "Chris Tremlett is recovering well from the back spasms that ruled him out of the second Test and although we are expecting him to be fully fit ahead of Wednesday we felt it was prudent to include an extra seam bowler at this stage meaning Steven Finn comes into the squad."

Bopara made just 25 and 19 in the England Lions game this week, but confirmed his current form with an impressive 178 for Essex against Leicestershire last week. If England persist with six batsmen, he is likely to slot into the middle order, while Ian Bell is Trott's probable replacement at No. 3 following his superb 159 in the second innings at Trent Bridge. Bopara had a mixed time at No. 3 in his last spell in the Test side. He made 143 against West Indies at Chester-le-Street, but then managed just 105 runs in seven innings in the Ashes.

England are currently riding high in the series, leading 2-0 with two Tests to come, and one more victory will guarantee they succeed India as the No. 1 team in Test cricket.

Squad Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn.

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  • BifferSpice on August 8, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    unbelievable, the amount of people STILL pressing for 5 bowlers. have you seen how we've been doing with 4? really? check the results. we're doing well. the approach is CLEARLY a 4 man attack, and it's working. when there's a system in place, and a player gets injured, he will be replaced by another player of the same type. a batsman for a batsman, a bowler for a bowler. can you not understand that? our 4 bowlers have done absolutely superbly this series (and for some time now), and yet you don't think they're up to doing it again? this is a system clearly preferred by the selectors. they will not be changing it here. maybe on the subcontinent, but not here. get over yourselves and deal with it.

  • stevieboy74 on August 8, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    I was all for picking Tayloir and originally was dissappointed in the selection of Bopora. I've had a think about it and can now see where the selctors are coming from. Bopora scored three Test hundreds in a row but had a nightmare Ashes in 2009. He's gone away and performed well for Essex and deserves another go. He's only 26 and too talented a cricketer to be discarded at that age. Here's hoping he does the business though as it would be a shame for him to be bracketed along with Shah and Ramprakash as a highly talented player who never quite made it. Taylor is the coming man and will surely make tour squads this winter.

  • 5wombats on August 8, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    @Ahsan_Shere; "Batting will be a serious concern for England at Edgbaston" Really??? Now why would it be a concern? This is the batting that scored 474/8dec at Lords and 544 at Trent Bridge and was more than enough to win each game. Surely you mean; "Englands batting will be a serious concern for India at Edgbaston". And this is just the batting - Englands bowling will be even more of a concern for India at Edgbaston; bowling which has knocked india over 3 times for under 300 and once for under 200 in the 4 Innings so far. All things considered - there are a lot of things here that should be of serious concern to India.

  • SDHM on August 8, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    Bobmartin - Taylor's name's been spoken about for a couple of years now, and I'd be wary of downgrading Division 2 runs. The new regulations about the heavy roller, the new ball that is designed to swing more and the fact that all the clubs chase promotion and therefore produce "result" pitches means that runs are probably harder to come by in the lower tier!

  • bobmartin on August 8, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    The Bopara selection is perhaps not so stupid as it appears to many folk. Trott has hardly contributed much with the bat so far in this series, so why not replace him with Bopara and give him a chance to nail down a spot in the squad. Even if he fails, it doesn't look like it will make that much difference to the batting strength. And if he does fail, then the door is open for one of the other contenders. I think all those calling for Taylor should be a bit wary... After all, very few of us had heard of him till he started making the headlines this season... He needs several seasons of this form to be in contention for a test place. Remember Hildreth ? He was being spoken of in high places last year... and now ? not apparently in the frame because his form last year hasn't been evident this. Sustained form is what matters, not just one good season in a team at the bottom of division 2 in the county championship

  • SDHM on August 8, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    Zapeta - Ravi's an Essex boy! Hardly South African now, is it...

  • me54321 on August 8, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    Happy to see Bopara in the team. Hopefully he'll out-perform Morgan, and claim that no.6 spot when Trott gets back. i'm really not a fan of Morgan yet, he just doesn't look able to do anything unless the ball is old, bowlers are tired, and the conditions are good for batting.

  • zapeta on August 8, 2011, 5:01 GMT

    This England Team is mixture of cricketers from all over the world. They will invite for county cricket and tune them into English cricketers. India also should pull some body like Dale steyn into bowling attack using IPL tricks.

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 8, 2011, 1:26 GMT

    Batting will be a serious concern for England at Edgbaston given that Straussy & Cook going through times plus Eoin Morgan hasn't performed much in the series yet with another newcomer in the side , so they will bank on Kevin, Ian & of course lower order (Broad & Bresnan) as there batting averages are above 60 & 50 this series respectively. Have I forgotten someone; Oh' Matt Prior!!! He's been magnificent this season, he always add some valuable runs for his side.

  • boston_pride on August 8, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    They could have easily gone with Taylor or Hildreth... Bopara has had his chances n failed... I agree with continuity of selection as we are seeing is the case with Bell right now... But I really think now would have been the perfect time for an youngster to come in and cement his position

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