National selector Geoff Miller announced an unchanged 12-man England squad here Thursday for next week's first Test against South Africa at Lord's.
That left open the possibility of England fielding the same XI for six consecutive Tests which would be a new world record.
England captain Michael Vaughan was included despite concerns over his fitness after he suffered a recurrence of his longstanding knee problem.
There was no place for all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who has not played Test cricket in over a year and who only recently returned to action following six weeks out with a side injury.
England have won four of their last five Tests, all against New Zealand, with one draw whilst fielding an unchanged side. Last month they concluded a 2-0 win in the three-match home series against the Kiwis.
Third-placed England are currently just a point ahead of South Africa in the world Test rankings heading into this four-match campaign.
England squad for first Test against South Africa at Lord's, July 10-14:
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Michael Vaughan (capt), Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Tim Ambrose (wkt), Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Ryan Sidebottom, Monty Panesar, Chris Tremlett.