England v India, 4th npower Test, The Oval August 14, 2011

Tremlett available but Trott still injured

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Jonathan Trott will not make it back in time for the fourth Test against India, so Ravi Bopara will have another opportunity in the England side at The Oval. England have named the same 13-man squad as they did for the Edgbaston Test, and Chris Tremlett is available for selection, leaving England with the dilemma of whether to replace the impressive Tim Bresnan.

"Jonathan Trott is making steady progress in his rehabilitation from his ongoing shoulder injury but he requires further treatment and won't be fit for the fourth and final Test match," Geoff Miller, the England national selector, said. "As such Ravi Bopara retains his place in the squad.

"Chris Tremlett is available for selection following continued treatment for his back injury and he and Steven Finn are included in a broader 13-man squad for the last Test match of the summer."

Trott sustained a shoulder injury while fielding on the second day of the Trent Bridge Test, and, though he batted at No. 7 in England's second innings there, missed the third Test. Bopara was hopeful of securing the No. 6 spot for England this summer after choosing county cricket over the IPL, but the selectors favoured Eoin Morgan for the series against Sri Lanka and India. Bopara was handed a chance through Trott's injury but did not make the most of it at Edgbaston, where Morgan scored a century.

There is little at stake for England in the final Test as they have already sewn up both the series and the No. 1 ranking.

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

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  • Tim on August 15, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    If England continue their batting form at the Oval, Bopara won't get much of chance to prove himself. It would be good to see Tremlett back but as others have mentioned it shouldn't be at Bresnan's expense. Resting Anderson or Broad would seem the logical move and help maintain the continuity of the squad. Possibly rest both to give Finn a game. While England have the strength in depth in the bowling, is should be time to bring more young batsmen through so let's make this Bopara's last chance. From a perosnal perspective I'm also still unsure of Morgan's long term position in the team. His performances in a great team haven't really stood out and he's now had twelve tests and with only one stand out performance against Pakistan it's significant how the media isn't questioning his position due to the results of a winning team.

  • Damon on August 15, 2011, 12:57 GMT

    England like 6 batters, so Bops is in. It's a pretty fair thing to do as he didn't get a real bat last time given the match position. It's also a pretty ruthless thing to do as its really his last chance to nail down a tour place, if he doesn't grab it then Jimmy Taylor might well get in.

  • Duncan on August 15, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    It's too early to say that Bres can bat at 7. I'm a fan of his and he looks solid but he only averages 28 in first-class and he has generally got runs for England when there are already a lot of runs on the board. It's also too early to write off Bopara as most people here seem to keen to do. Morgan hasn't done that much better than him and has probably had the easier opportunities.

  • Alan on August 15, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    In principle I support the selection of five bowlers, and think that England's selections have consistently been too defensive for a team supposedly out to dominate the world: why should a team of such supposed confidence need Broad lurking down at 9 and Swann down at 10 to protect them in case of a batting collapse? But the pleas for Bopara to be jettisoned and replaced by relatively new faces show how fickle the world of England cricket is. It is only a short time ago (2007) that Bopara was the fresh new face of England cricket and people were pleading for struggling established stars (including the likes of Strauss, Bell, Collingwood and Cook) to make way for him. Since then Bopara's been given 11 tests (hardly an earth-shatteringly huge sequence, especially compared to the 4 named players): and all of a sudden he is a washed-up old has-been whose wasted his chance, and ought to make way for the next New Young Thing James Taylor. And when Taylor get a couple of low scores ...?

  • gobu on August 15, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    Please drop Bresnan, Broad and cook.... Go with three spinners...We like to see some contest..........

  • Nikunj on August 15, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    I am an India fan. But i fear 4-0 whitewash this series. Doesnt matter who England play out of the 13. They are still too strong a team right now. Not sure about what they would do in sub-continent but thats a topic of discussion for later. Right now they are the best and deserve to be No. 1. Well done to them.

  • Anver on August 15, 2011, 7:17 GMT

    No doubt Trott you played a big part in achieving No.1 status......I wish you get well soon & join the celebrations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay on August 15, 2011, 6:33 GMT

    Dropping Bresnan would be foolish. In fact, I would drop Bopara and play Tremlett and Bresnan together. England's tail is better than India's and could provide 100-150 runs if needed. This is the main difference between the 2 sides if you put India's bad luck and lack of preparation aside. England can go with 5 bowlers because the Oval pitch is more sub-continental like. England's batsmen are all in good form so run getting is not an issue. India will definitely play much better after all the hammering and humiliation. They have a nice record at the Oval. 5 bowlers for England will put them on track for a 4-0 result.

  • John on August 15, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    The Oval is usually a fairly flat, slow wicket. Swann in 2009 took a bunch of wickets after the Aussies went in with no spinner. Before the series started, I thought Lord's and the Oval were the grounds on which India were most likely to draw (I couldn't see them winning anywhere). Now the series and the #1 ranking are in the bag, England won't be as motivated. However, it would be very hard to drop any of England's bowlers, especially as they are all, except Anderson, better bats than Tremlett. With Trott gone, England need the extra batsman, otherwise maybe they could play Bresnan at #7. It looks like being the same side as at Edgbaston to me.

  • Johnathon on August 15, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Since England already won the series/got the number 1 ranking, they should go all out for the kill. Do England really need Bopara to replace Trott to bolster the batting? Does Bresnan really have to make way for Bopara (IMHO he would be more valuable as a batsman too LOL). Simple solution and could either backfire or help England massively........ 5 Bowlers - Swann, Broad, Anderson, Bresnan, and Tremlett 6 Batsman - Cook, Strauss, Bell, Pieterson, Morgan, and Prior Honestly i think thats more than enough since Bresnan, Broad, and Swann could also bat. And with 5 bowlers, it can only help decrease the amount of runs India makes, plus it gets to compare Tremlett and Bresnan head to head in bowling and will give them a mini competition to see who can do better. India, i have to admit, you are screwed.....4 Test Series Sweep is definetely inevitable unless rains or riots help you out

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