England v India, 1st Test, Lord's July 17, 2011

Bresnan recalled as Broad keeps place

ESPNcricinfo staff

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, from July 21.

Broad's match haul of 6 for 162 against Somerset, which included 5 for 95 in the first innings, was enough to spare him the axe following his demotion from the one-day side for the final match against Sri Lanka at Old Trafford. Reports from the game at Trent Bridge, where he had a tough contest with Marcus Trescothick, were that he was finding his rhythm again.

"We watched him bowl here at Trent Bridge in the four-day game. There were signs he was getting back to where he was," Geoff Miller, the national selector, told Sky Sports News. "We know what he is capable of doing, and when he puts on that England shirt we feel sure he will show exactly that and produce the goods and make it difficult for India.

Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower are big supporters of what Broad brings to the team - despite just eight wickets in the Tests against Sri Lanka - but the decision to drop him last week has shaken up the pecking order despite his being Twenty20 captain. Having retained his place in the squad he still faces pressure for a place in the final XI from Bresnan who played a vital role in the Ashes Tests at Melbourne and Sydney.

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, which meant Finn earned an opportunity against Sri Lanka when James Anderson missed the Lord's Test with a side strain. However, it was clear how highly England rate Bresnan when he was brought straight back into the one-day side for the Sri Lanka series having recovered from injury.

"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," Miller 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."

Bresnan took four wickets and hit 41 against Worcestershire in the County Championship while Finn was forced to sit out the round with Middlesex not having a game. Bresnan is also a steadier operator than Finn and will give Strauss control, which will be important in keeping a tight hold on India's strong batting order.

"Steven Finn has also benefitted from his time at county level in recent weeks and continues to press hard for Test selection," Miller said. "It's very pleasing to see the depth of quality around our bowling attack particularly with a challenging four-match Test series on the horizon."

Away from the competition for Broad's position the England side is set in stone after Eoin Morgan's steady returns against Sri Lanka. Strauss, meanwhile, was able to spend some valuable time in the middle for Somerset, against the Indians, at Taunton, where he made 78 following his lean time against Sri Lanka.

Squad 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

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  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    some tough show to watch in the 1st test.. but i dont think so bresnan or broad cn do any magic

  • amit on July 19, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    one thng is sure.....even if eng beat india and get no.1 position.......bt cant hold for long time....once they tour subcontinent they ll be dropped to no.3 or 4....cz its very diffcult to match aus standard for any team...

  • KISH on July 19, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    On paper England looks like a far better side than an Indian side missing Sehwag. I hope India play Dravid as the opener with Gambhir and allow both Raina and Yuvraj to play. That will make it a strong line-up, even without Sehwag. Bowling will be a lot more improved when they play test matches. So, Zaheer, Sreesanth and Ishant plus Harbhajan will do justice to the bowling department. With Indian batting boasting some of the senior most batsmen around in the world cricket, it will be a great match to watch. I predict an England win in the first test and 1-1 draw in the series. I would prefer 2-1 India. However, it is going to be difficult againt an in-form England team, one would think.

  • Aabhas on July 19, 2011, 11:48 GMT

    India's best chance in a test match against most oppositions away from home and without Viru is a DRAW! It doesnt matter who England pick or drop. It is ONLY Viru who gives India a chance at winning even if India bowl first and give away 400+ totals.

    I am sure England remember what happened the last time they encountered Viru (in Chennai)! So go England ... give your all to win the first one as once Viru's back you have no chance in hell.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    India's chances, whether to win or to survive, will depend a lot on Rahul Dravid(after all these years, nothing has changed much, it was Rahul we were depending on since he made his debut), since we have a new unsettled opening pair, which means Rahul will have to whether the early storm for the likes of Sachin,Laxman,Dhoni, to play freely without any pressure. All said and done this is defnitely the last English tour of the 3 legends. So lay back and enjoy some good batting against some quality bowling.

  • flying on July 19, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    @5wombats........Exept zaheer none of the indian bowlers who played somerset wll play the first match..............zaheer is a great bowler(coming from injury)wll come back strong and lead the attack .....so dont even think of uguyz scoring half of 685........

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I need to be picked to play for an English county team.If offered the right amount of pound sterling i will surely play an innings full of sensational shots that bring up my hundred.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    I am pretty much sure that India will win this series. @those Englishman: who thinks it will be Sachin Vs Swann. Swann is just another spinner. Please don't insult Sachin, i cant take it.

  • Anupam on July 19, 2011, 4:51 GMT

    my first choice as seamer is onion 2nd finn third plunkett 4th harmison. if england take lead in 1st inning then india will play for draw if india will take lead in first inning then england still plays for win. this is the only difference between these two teams.

  • mukesh on July 19, 2011, 4:27 GMT

    England n India r the best test playing nations for last 2 + years. please don't waste any arguments... all these statements and practice games would be history once series starts. LET THE BEST SERIES of summer begin.. England this late would not swing lol so there is not much of advantage neither they r playing Srilanka which has 0 bowling resources. India on other hand performed as worse as possible against West Indies.. Don't see any of these 2 teams really dominate each other .. Highlights should be Swann vs indian middle order indian pace VS Englands consistent run scorer's (COOK + TROT + BELL)

    1-1 should be most likely 2-1 is kind of tough(probably england if Swann is at his best/if he is not it might be reverse) 2-2 is impossible(as long as dravid n Trot r present) 0-0 lol its not india 2-0 neither of them look so gr8 out of form to give opposition such a boast

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