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England recall Bopara for Champions Trophy

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Published: Friday, May 3, 2013, 16:05 [IST]
 
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England name Champions Trophy squad

London, May 3: England have recalled Ravi Bopara for Champions Trophy 2013 and for the three-match One Day International series against New Zealand. Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann are also back in the squad after recovering from injuries.

Champions Trophy Schedule

England selectors on Friday named a 15-man squad that will be captained by Alastair Cook. The series against New Zealand starts on May 32 and Champions Trophy gets under way in Engalnd on June 6.

Six members of the current squad, James Anderson, Bopara, Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Eoin Morgan and Graeme Swann were involved in the last Champions Trophy held in 2009 in South Africa, a report on England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) website said.

Geoff Miller, National Selector, said: "We know that the three-match series against New Zealand will be very challenging and we will need to play some very good cricket if we are to repeat the success we had against them earlier this year and build momentum leading into the ICC Champions Trophy."

"The ICC Champions Trophy provides this England squad with a great opportunity to win a global 50-over event - something we have yet to achieve, and we are excited to be playing on home soil.

"We are fully aware that with the best eight sides in world cricket competing against each other we will need to play a very high standard of cricket over a three-week period to give ourselves a chance of winning the title and are very much looking forward to the challenge," Miller added.

England squad for Champions Trophy and 3-match ODI series against New Zealand: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.

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