Tuesday 21 May 2013 

Bell Fit For Second Test As England Unchanged

Bell Fit For Second Test As England Unchanged
Bell Fit For Second Test As England Unchanged
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Batsman Ian Bell has been passed fit and England have named an unchanged 12-man squad for the second and final Test against New Zealand.

Bell struggled throughout the opening Test in Lord's - won so impressively by England - with a bout of tonsillitis but has been cleared to play at Headingley from Friday (24th May).

Yorkshire pair Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root are in line to make their first Test appearances at their home ground while fellow Yorkshireman Tim Bresnan is bidding to make a return to the side after undergoing elbow surgery in February.

Given that incumbent pace bowlers Stuart Broad, James Anderson and Steven Finn took all 20 wickets to fall in England's 170-run win at Lord's, Bresnan faces a battle to do so.

"It was pleasing to start the international summer with a win over New Zealand in the first Investec Test and I thought the team showed a lot of fighting spirit when under pressure to set up the victory," National Selector Geoff Miller said.

"We are aware that there are still areas that we need to improve on and the players and coaches will be working hard ahead of the second Test to ensure we continue to get better as a side. New Zealand showed again that they are a dangerous side and we know we will need to produce another strong performance this week to secure a series victory."

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

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