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England recall Swann, Bresnan

No surprises in England's 12-man squad for first Test against New Zealand

England recall Swann, Bresnan  - Cricket News
Graeme Swann.
England selectors named, on Saturday (May11), a 12-man squad for the first Test against New Zealand commencing Thursday (May 16) at Lord’s. Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann are the only members of the squad who did not play any part in the 0-0 series draw against New Zealand last winter as both were ruled out with elbow injuries that required surgery.

“We are anticipating another very competitive series against New Zealand and know that we will need to improve significantly on our performances in the recent Test series against them if we are to start the international summer on a positive note,” said Geoff Miller, the national selector. “This series provides a good opportunity for the players to show that they have learnt from the experiences over the winter.

“Both Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan have worked hard to regain fitness following elbow surgery and have demonstrated through their performances for their counties that they are ready for the challenge of international cricket.”

England squad for the first Test: Alastair Cook (capt), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott

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