By BV Swagath
England Selectors have named a 13-man squad to play against South Africa in the First Test at The Oval staring this Thursday. The hosts have brought back Ravi Bopara, who missed out in the Test Series against West Indies with injuries and since then had an outstanding ODI Series against the Aussies.
Ravi Bopara edges out both Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow who lose their places in the England Test Squad.
Commenting on the squad, National Selector Geoff Miller has been quoted in the ECB Website saying: "We have played some very good cricket over the last couple of months in all formats to win series against West Indies and Australia and, after a month of limited-overs cricket, preparations are now under way for what is sure to be a very competitive Test series against South Africa.
Geoff Miller said: "Bopara has worked hard to regain his place in the Test squad following some injury concerns earlier in the season."
“We know we will need to play excellent cricket to win this three-match series and the squad will be determined to start with a strong performance this week during the first Investec Test and set the tone for the rest of the series.
"Ravi Bopara has worked hard to regain his place in the Test squad following some injury concerns earlier in the season and is the only player included who is yet to play a Test match this summer."
England Squad for 1st Test against South Africa: Andrew Strauss (Captain), Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Matt Prior (Wicket Keeper), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Steven Finn and Graham Onions