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Prior, Shahzad, Wright in England WC squad

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Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 11:02 [IST]
 
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Prior, Shahzad, Wright in Eng WC squad

London, Jan 19: Wicketkeeper Matt Prior has been recalled to England's squad for next month's World Cup in the Indian subcontinent.

Prior is the sole wicketkeeper-batsman named in the 15-man squad for the two-month tournament in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

He had been replaced by Steve Davies in the ongoing seven-match ODI series against Australia.

The 28-year-old, who scored a century in the Fifth Ashes Test in Sydney with a series average over over 50 an a phenomenal strike rate of 78, has so far failed to have the same impact on limited-overs matches for England.

However, the selectors feel that he can still score heavily in the shorter form of the game - as an opener or in the middle order, the Sun reports.

Fast bowler Ajmal Shahzad has been given the nod above Chris Tremlett for his reverse swinging abilities and will join Tim Bresnan, James Anderson and Stuart Broad in a four -pronged pace attack.

Meanwhile, the selectors have also retained faith in batsman Luke Wright and the out-of-form Paul Collingwood.

England Squad: Andrew Strauss (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Matt Prior (wicketkeeper), Paul Collingwood, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Ajmal Shahzad.

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