Bopara, Bresnan Recalled For England's Trophy Bid
England have named their 15-man squad for the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, recalling Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara ready for an attempt to go one better than the last time they hosted in 2004.
Bopara and Bresnan are the only two players included in the squad who weren't involved in the 2-1 series in in New Zealand, and the same squad will play three One-Day Internationals against New Zealand in late May.
England play Australia on 8th June, Sri Lanka five days afterwards and New Zealand on 16th June. The top two sides in each group will qualify for the semi-finals and the final is held at Edgbaston on 23rd June.
"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 an 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 we are very much looking forward to the challenge."
England Champions Trophy squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes
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1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
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