England have, as expected, left Somerset opener Nick Compton out of their 13-man squad for the first Ashes Test against Australia which begins at Trent Bridge on Wednesday 10th July.
Despite the right-hander hitting runs for both Somerset and Worcestershire against the touring Australians, Joe Root will open the batting alongside Alastair Cook.
Jonathan Bairstow is expected to bat at number six with Kevin Pietersen set for his first match since February having made a successful return from injury with 177 for Surrey against Yorkshire.
Compton scored two centuries during the tour of New Zealand earlier this year, but struggled in the return series, in which Root enhanced his reputation with his maiden three-figure score.
He then made 81 and 34 for Somerset in their tour game and following a one-game switch to Worcestershire, managed 79 and 26.
Bairstow also enjoyed a good run of form against New Zealand and England's selection of Root and Bairstow alongside Pietersen and Prior gives their batting line-up more of an aggressive edge.
Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions are competing for the three quick bowling slots with Graeme Swann an obvious pick save for any last-minute injuries.
Why three into two doesn't go...
|IND v ENG 2012/13||NZL v ENG 2012/13||ENG v NZL
|All first-class 2013|
|Jonathan Bairstow (England/Yorkshire)||9 runs @
|9 runs @
|136 runs @ 45.33||499 runs @
|Nick Compton (England/Somerset/Worcestershire)||208 runs @ 34.66||232 runs @ 46.40||39 runs @
|720 runs @
|Joe Root (England/Yorkshire)||93 runs @
|88 runs @
|243 runs @ 60.75||889 runs @ 111.12|
England Test squad: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Graeme Swann
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