Middlesex’s Steve Finn was unlucky to miss out on selection as England (9/4 to win the first Test) announced their 12-man squad to face India in the first Test at Lord’s next week.
The tall pace bowler has been omitted from the squad, which was announced on Sunday morning, with Stuart Broad retaining his place and Tim Bresnan included to battle it out with Broad for the bowling all-rounder spot.
Finn will surely feel aggrieved not to have made the squad having consistently picked up wickets in England colours, but Broad – who recently took over as twenty20 captain – has managed to keep his place in the side despite mounting pressure due to his lack of form.
The batting line-up remains unchanged from the Sri Lankan series, which England won 1-0, with Eoin Morgan holding down the number six spot that was vacated by the recently retired Paul Collingwood.
England’s national selector Geoff Miller said after the announcement of the squad: “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.”
The Three Lions (5/4 to win the series) will be bidding to win the series and further their chances of becoming the world number one Test side, a position currently held by the tourists.
England squad: AJ Strauss (captain), AN Cook, IJL Trott, KP Pietersen, IR Bell, EJG Morgan, MJ Prior (wkt), SCJ Broad, GP Swann, CT Tremlett, JM Anderson, TT Bresnan.