Bresnan, Swann Back For Opening New Zealand Test

Bresnan, Swann Back For Opening New Zealand Test
Bresnan, Swann Back For Opening New Zealand Test
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England have recalled bowlers Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan to their 12-man squad for the opening Test against New Zealand, which begins on Thursday (16th May).

Both men missed the winter series in New Zealand to undergo elbow surgery but they have made successful returns to action with their counties and are back in contention for selection.

England drew the three-match series 0-0 in New Zealand and the return of the experienced pair means that Monty Panesar, James Tredwell, Graham Onions and Chris Woakes miss out from the Test squad that travelled to New Zealand.

Fast bowler Bresnan has taken 13 wickets at 27.07 in three first-class appearances for Yorkshire this season while off-spinner Swann took four wickets in his only appearance of the season.

Kevin Pietersen's knee injury has already ruled him out of the entire series and he will also miss the Champions Trophy. As he did in New Zealand, Jonathan Bairstow will take Pietersen's place in the middle order with Ian Bell and Joe Root coming in below Alastair Cook, Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott.

"We are anticipating another very competitive series against New Zealand and know that we will need to improve significantly on our performances in the recent Test series against them if we are to start the international summer on a positive note," National Selector Geoff Miller said.

"This series provides a good opportunity for the players to show that they have learnt from the experiences over the winter.
"Both Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan have worked hard to regain fitness following elbow surgery and have demonstrated through their performances for their counties that they are ready for the challenge of international cricket."

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

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