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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  • tjhughes100 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.

  • Clive_Dunn 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.

  • Guernica 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.

  • AlanHarrison 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 ...?

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

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

  • indyarox 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.

  • anver777 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • landl47 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.

  • johnathonjosephs 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

  • tjhughes100 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.

  • Clive_Dunn 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.

  • Guernica 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.

  • AlanHarrison 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 ...?

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

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

  • indyarox 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.

  • anver777 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cpt.Meanster 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.

  • landl47 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.

  • johnathonjosephs 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

  • on August 14, 2011, 22:31 GMT

    Bopara will be in the team as it is about the balance of the team. Everyone is saying he should be dropped because everyone wants to see the best 11 players playing but a 4th quick would become a passenger in the team, Eng only need 4 bowlers. I know this sounds silly after Eng performance this series but if Eng do have any frailty it is in the batting. Strauss, Pieterson and Morgan have not been totally dominant over the last season or 2 and I can see the Eng batting collapsing before they fail to take 20 wickets. Eng have 5 or 6 or more quality quicks that can and have performed on the international scene. Fast bowling is the most physically demanding task in cricket and Eng should adopt a rotation policy for their quicks. If I were picking an XI for this match it would be Strauss, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bopara, Prior, Bresnan, Swann, Tremlett, Finn not cause Anderson and Broad deserve to be dropped but cause the series is won and they deserve a rest.

  • on August 14, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Bresnans test avg is 45 with the bat. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/9310.html i wonder why he isnt a permanent fixture inside the squad considering he performs so well..but that shows Englands current strength. India should continue to groom varun aron and look to bring him in their next series, also it seems sachin is not a go to guy when team is under pressure

  • getgopi on August 14, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Rest Broad. He seems more injury prone of existing bowlers. Play Tremlett at his ground. Bopara, if he gets to bat, will need to deliver...otherwise the door can close on him for now. This is all assuming that it will be a 4-0 whitewash with no fight left in the Indians, of course. Alternatively, play Tremlett for Bopara and pummel the Indians some more.

  • SDHM on August 14, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    I can see why people are arguing for five bowlers, but they won't have picked Bopara not to give him one final chance - they probably feel they owe him after picking Morgan. The last three Oval pitches have produced results and it usually favours the quicks - see Pakistan last year - so I wouldn't think the formula needs to change. Having said that, if it spins like it did against the Aussies in 2009, it could have been a chance to bring in Panesar. I get the feeling that this team won't go in with five bowlers unless they feel the need to play two spinners. Three seamers have been blasting sides out, so why change it?

  • on August 14, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    Whatever the IX the result the same...c'mon lads 4-0 for the taking...

  • bumsonseats on August 14, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    england will not be swayed from the 4 bowler route. and will stick with the same team. tremlett will find he has to wait till injuries get him back into the team. im not in favour of selecting guys just because a series is won, this when u r # 1 in the world. as a famous comic would say points make prizes and the prize is keeeing them top. dpk

  • on August 14, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    England should have given chance to Finn, Onion and Tremlett and other playeers

  • on August 14, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    Surely we can start thinking about Bresnan as an all rounder now...Tremlett for Bopara...or give Taylor a go...and Tremlett will have to wait as you simply can't drop Bresnan now....he is turning into a proper all rounder....

  • Shan156 on August 14, 2011, 16:18 GMT

    I don't think anyone could even entertain the thought of dropping Bresnan after his performances in TB and Edgbaston. England should play 5 bowlers. Remember, last time India were in town they scored 664-6 declared at the Oval with Kumble, of all batsmen, scoring a century.

    India would be hurting and would be seeking revenge. The Oval gives their batsmen happy memories. Their first victory in England was at the Oval in 1971 and their last defeat at the Oval was in 1959. Since 1971, they have managed to draw all their tests there and have dominated most of those games.

    Drop Bopara and get Tremlett in. He will be a handful at the Oval. We need to continue that winning attitude. It won't necessarily weaken the batting as Prior, Bresnan and Broad are good/decent #6, #7 and #8 respectively. Tremlett hasn't done anything really wrong while Bopara was a failure the last time he was given an extended run.

  • adidevil on August 14, 2011, 15:24 GMT

    @kiwipooper saed ajmal isnt even half as gud as ashwin!!

  • citizenkc on August 14, 2011, 15:16 GMT

    I concur with the others on this: drop Bopara and play Tremlett. Broad is now the no.2 all rounder in the world and Bresnan seems even better. Matt Prior is currently the best wicket-keeper batsman in the world (Jayawardene is pretty good, too). With these 5 bowlers, the match will once more be over in 4 days and the misery for Indian fans can end. England's riches are a real contrast to India's selection woes: the replacements are as bad as the ones playing, but possible changes include Ohja for Mishra, Kohli for Raina, and R.P. Singh for Sreesanth. What is Saha doing in the 16? Srikkant's analysis of the series failure and Dhoni's comments yesterday make me think that nothing is going to change. We have done badly because the batting has failed. DUH! Yeah, but why has it failed? Neither one of the two want to answer this obvious question.

  • on August 14, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    Newsman is batting better than Bopara ever will. Bat him at 7 and make Indias woes even greater.

  • demon_bowler on August 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    Bopara deserves another chance. England selectors are consistent and don't abandon someone after one failed innings. Especially someone who has three test centuries from 10 matches. In his last outing for England he was played too high -- look how long it's taken Bell to crack the crucial no.3 position. Bopara deserves an extended run at five or six. A batsman who can bowl is just about the only thing England are missing at the moment. Unlike in the eighties and nineties, the selectors get most things right these days.

  • on August 14, 2011, 13:59 GMT

    Drop Bopara & let Bresnan bat at #7, with Tremlett back in India will be bowled out twice in a day, this match might only last 3 days (cause Cook is going to bat for 2 days again).

  • on August 14, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    To play Tremlett on his own ground makes a lot of sense and the only way to do so is to leave out Bopara (who is not a Test match batsman). Go England and make it 4-0.

  • SDHM on August 14, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    I think Trott may well have recovered, but they just want one last look at Ravi before moving on. They know what Trott is capable of and he will come back into the side for the winter tours, but they might feel that Bopara didn't really get a fair crack at Edgbaston (although being unable to come out and score in that situation says it all in my eyes). No runs at The Oval, and they'll begin to look elsewhere.

  • KiwiRocker- on August 14, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    One problem that is visible with Indian team is that their bench strength is close to zero. For example Suresh Raina, Kohli and Rohit are all over hyped, tried, tested and failed. These players will score big on flat Indian tracks but will be found out against quality fast bowling of England, SA, Australia and Pakistan. Things get even worse in the bowling department. R.ashwin and Mishra are average bowlers who are not Saeed Ajmal or Swann. Harbhajan Singh is all but finished. The worse area is fast bowling. India's current or upcoming lot does not have a single quality bowlers. It is rather strange actually when you look at neighbouring Pakistan's endless resources-They lost their two premier bowlers but unleashed Wahab, Gul, Junaid, Tanveer, Sohail Tanveer..and list goes on. Any of those bowlers will find a place in any Indian team.It is time that BCCI reviews its cunning plan to ruin cricket in other countries AKA IPL as it has started to hit India's own cricket big time...

  • on August 14, 2011, 11:07 GMT

    england should go with four quicks and drop bopara. broad and bresnen more then make up for the missing batsmen. they could end the match in three days.

  • on August 14, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    I think Prior is capable of batting at 6, and I think Bresnan capable of batting at 7. Eoin Morgan has had a reasonable start to his Test career, but I don't think he's quite ready for a long term stint yet, so he'd be the one to go. That way England could play Tremlett and Bresnan.

  • yorkshire-86 on August 14, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    What exactly does Bopara bring to the team? He averages 30 with the bat, proved in the away series to Sri Lanka (3 ducks in a row) that he is just a flat track bully, and as for his 'handy' bowling - average of 199, and the likes of Pietersen and Trott are usually bowled ahead of him - shows that captains do not trust him. He kills all momentum in the batting lineup, that Prior, Bresnan, Broad and Swann provide. Having a WK averaging above 40 and 3 recognised number eights in the tail is more than enough to not have to carry a passenger at six who gets life after life trying and as expected failing to disguise himself as a Test batsman.

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Brensan should easily replace Bopara....Tremlett walks straight in...why Bopara when Bresnan can bat as well as him and bowl better than any Indian bowler so far

  • pb10677 on August 14, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    agree with Mephistopheles01 - the Oval will be a tougher pitch than the previous ones (although Swann should have more effect) so to go in with 5 bowlers to make sure of those 20 wickets is definitely worth doing. Against this popgun Indian bowling attack, we only need 5 batsmen anyway - Matt Prior is barely getting a knock at the moment. Cook, Strauss, Bell, KP and Morgan should be able to produce enough runs in two innings to allow the bowlers to do the job.

  • simer553 on August 14, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    If Bopara comes in instead of anyone it can only be down to England wanting to rest someone ahead of the 1 day series? Based on recent batting performances, why does Eng need to add another mediocre all rounder 'for his batting' when they've already got two very good ones in Broad and Bresnan. Tremlett instead of Bopara is the ONLY sensible selection.

  • Mephistopheles01 on August 14, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Could always not play Bopara and play 5 bowlers- nothing to lose.

  • JPB334 on August 14, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Like Bapu always tolding me. We are Indian and we never win unless oppisition injures itself. Well i am hoping that Tremlett injury giving us win in 4th test. Comon team India.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Drop bopara and take Tremlett in.England would only need 2 sessions ball out India's 2 innings.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    England should play Tremlett instead of Bopara. The way Bresnan, Broad and Swann have batted, they can easily manage 5 bowlers in the team.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    I think tremlett should come in for bopara, england would be silly to drop tim bresnan because he has been fantastic with both bat and ball in every opportunity he has had.

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  • on August 14, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    I think tremlett should come in for bopara, england would be silly to drop tim bresnan because he has been fantastic with both bat and ball in every opportunity he has had.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    England should play Tremlett instead of Bopara. The way Bresnan, Broad and Swann have batted, they can easily manage 5 bowlers in the team.

  • on August 14, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Drop bopara and take Tremlett in.England would only need 2 sessions ball out India's 2 innings.

  • JPB334 on August 14, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    Like Bapu always tolding me. We are Indian and we never win unless oppisition injures itself. Well i am hoping that Tremlett injury giving us win in 4th test. Comon team India.

  • Mephistopheles01 on August 14, 2011, 9:59 GMT

    Could always not play Bopara and play 5 bowlers- nothing to lose.

  • simer553 on August 14, 2011, 10:06 GMT

    If Bopara comes in instead of anyone it can only be down to England wanting to rest someone ahead of the 1 day series? Based on recent batting performances, why does Eng need to add another mediocre all rounder 'for his batting' when they've already got two very good ones in Broad and Bresnan. Tremlett instead of Bopara is the ONLY sensible selection.

  • pb10677 on August 14, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    agree with Mephistopheles01 - the Oval will be a tougher pitch than the previous ones (although Swann should have more effect) so to go in with 5 bowlers to make sure of those 20 wickets is definitely worth doing. Against this popgun Indian bowling attack, we only need 5 batsmen anyway - Matt Prior is barely getting a knock at the moment. Cook, Strauss, Bell, KP and Morgan should be able to produce enough runs in two innings to allow the bowlers to do the job.

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 14, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Brensan should easily replace Bopara....Tremlett walks straight in...why Bopara when Bresnan can bat as well as him and bowl better than any Indian bowler so far

  • yorkshire-86 on August 14, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    What exactly does Bopara bring to the team? He averages 30 with the bat, proved in the away series to Sri Lanka (3 ducks in a row) that he is just a flat track bully, and as for his 'handy' bowling - average of 199, and the likes of Pietersen and Trott are usually bowled ahead of him - shows that captains do not trust him. He kills all momentum in the batting lineup, that Prior, Bresnan, Broad and Swann provide. Having a WK averaging above 40 and 3 recognised number eights in the tail is more than enough to not have to carry a passenger at six who gets life after life trying and as expected failing to disguise himself as a Test batsman.

  • on August 14, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    I think Prior is capable of batting at 6, and I think Bresnan capable of batting at 7. Eoin Morgan has had a reasonable start to his Test career, but I don't think he's quite ready for a long term stint yet, so he'd be the one to go. That way England could play Tremlett and Bresnan.