England's preliminary 30-man squad includes two players of Indian descent. All-rounder Samit Patel from Nottinghamshire and opening batsman Ravi Bopara from Essex have both been given a hance to prove their worth in the World Cup which will be held in the Indian subcontinent from Feb 19 to Apr 2, 2011.
Patel's inclusion raises eye-brows in Ole Blighty because he has long been slammed by the England Cricket Board (ECB) for being unprepared to do the fitness work necessary to complement his talent. Patel's power-hitting lower order position complements his left arm-off spin well, as demonstrated by his career-best 5 for 41 against South Africa at The Oval in 2008.
The squad which will be pruned to 15 names on Jan 19th, also includes four Test players in Stuart Broad, who is recuperating from an abdominal injury, opening batsman Alistair Cook, middle-order batsmen Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell, wicketkeeper Matt Prior and fast bowlers Steven Finn and James Anderson.
England has been drawn in a group alongside Bangladesh, India, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa and West Indies. The team will play two warm-up games against Canada and Pakistan before beginning their World Cup campaign on February 22 against Netherlands in Nagpur, India.
Squad: Andrew Strauss (capt), James Adams, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Steven Davies, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, James Hildreth, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy